2012 Clean Tech Sessions
Clean Tech/ Economic Development
Thursday, March 8 from 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Greenprints is proud to present a session on clean tech economic development. This session is for anyone interested in the future of business development in the region. The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) Sustainable Economic Growth Initiative (SEGI) looks to capture 6000 clean tech sector jobs in the region. Examples from the City of Marietta and the Georgia Department of Economic Development will tell us more about local initiatives in this sector.
Beth Sessoms, City of Marietta
Beth Sessoms has over ten years of experience in economic development. Her current work as economic development manager with the City of Marietta focuses on the GreenTech Corridor Initiative, residential redevelopment, industrial recruitment and revitalization of Marietta Square. She was formerly a commercial loan officer in the financial services industry and a regional board member of WellStar Health Systems. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Costas Simoglou, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Costas Simoglou is a Director for the Center of Innovation for Energy Technology for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The Center provides expertise and connections to help Georgia’s companies involved in the Energy field to grow quickly and compete globally. The Center’s areas of focus are Energy Generation, Energy Transmission and Distribution, Energy Storage and Energy Consumption. The Center works with companies on the development of new products, new ideas and new business models. Prior to joining the department of economic development, Costas worked in the technology industry, served on the boards of various industry associations (SSA, AeA) and is active in the business and technology community of Georgia.
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CLEAN TECH CLUSTERS: Catalysts for a Sustainable Global Economy
Thursday, March 8 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Uniting the world’s top 40+ clean tech clusters, Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) is a gateway for global clean technology collaboration, accelerating the growth of a sustainable economy by bringing the very best in clean technology to the forefront. This session will explore the immense value of clusters to the clean tech industry with case studies from around the world, where clusters or business incubators have pointed the industry in the direction of the next game-changing company. Panelists will include the founders of GCCA, as well as representatives from international clean tech cluster associations.
CEUs: AIA Pending, 1.5 GBCI Units
Ben Taube, BLT Sustainable Energy Solutions, Inc.
Ben Taube, president of BLT Sustainable Energy, Inc., is an experienced leader in developing clean tech companies with an extensive expertise in shaping environmental partnerships, policy and education. Ben drives the formation of strategy for clients that are seeking key partnerships with utilities, market adoption for clean technology and funding channels. Prior to forming BLT Sustainable Energy, Ben served as the founding executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), an Atlanta nonprofit aimed at implementing energy efficiency across 11 Southeast states. He is one of the founders and current chairman of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, a collaboration of cleantech clusters from around the world.
Guy Tessler, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Guy Tessler joined the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce in 2007 as vice president. In this capacity, Guy assists in the growth and development of AICC by nurturing relationships with companies in the Southeast, actively involving them in the Chamber and with Israeli companies. Previously, he served as general manager of Falcon West Security and Investigations in Los Angeles and as program manager for the Israel Association of Community Centers. He holds a BA in sociology and management from the Israel Open University.
Christian Haeuselmann, swisscleantech
Christian Haeuselmann is an innovation-driven Swiss economist and serial entrepreneur. Christian has 20 years of experience in the Cleantech sector, both with start-ups and global organizations. Today he lives in San Diego, California developing strategic partnerships between Swiss and US Cleantech entrepreneurs, as the co- founder of swisscleantech. swisscleantech is the business association driving innovation and sustainable policy development in Switzerland. In 2010 he co-founded the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), driving collaboration among 20+ global Cleantech clusters. In 1996 he won the young entrepreneur award for his first start-up company BKTech and the development and market introduction of the powerful FLYER electric bike. The FLYER electric bike defined a new vehicle category in Switzerland and Europe. He got his MS in Business Administration at the University of Berne/Switzerland.
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