Opening Session

Inspiring Keynotes . New Perspectives . Networking

This session is the cornerstone of your conference experience, providing an invaluable opportunity for learning, networking, and professional advancement. Engage with local influential keynote speakers offering insights and experiences that resonate with the pulse of the industry. It is a prime moment for establishing new connections with industry peers, setting a tone of collaboration for the entire event. The Opening Session lays the foundation for the diverse range of presentations throughout the conference, enriching your perspective with varied insights and ideas.

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Breakfast will be served from 8am - 9am.
Coffee will be served until 10am.

2024 Keynote Speakers

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Neeraj Joshi

CTO for the Energy & Resources Industry Team, Microsoft

Neeraj Joshi leads the Technical Enablement team for Microsoft’s Worldwide Energy and Resources Industry team. His team works closely with customers and partners driving innovation and technical depth engagement on energy industry specific initiatives to accelerate digital transformation and energy transition.

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Kerry Meade

Executive Director,
Smart Buildings Center

Kerry has over ten years of experience in energy policy, energy efficiency, and strategic consulting to electric and gas utilities and combines that with a broader background in urban and regional planning and policy. She is passionate about driving the efficiency industry toward a beneficial future in the emerging clean energy economy through grid edge technology, smart buildings and innovative policy.

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Craig Smith

Chief Customer Officer,
Seattle City Light

Craig Smith is Chief Customer Officer for Seattle City Light, responsible for customer and grid strategy, customer operations, demand side management, electrification, and strategic technologies.

Prior to joining Seattle City Light in 2014, Craig served as Chief Executive Officer of Richard Heath and Associates (RHA) where he oversaw a $200 million portfolio of energy efficiency, healthcare, and telecommunications programs and outreach campaigns targeting underserved communities.

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Deputy Mayor Malakoutian

Welcome Message

Mo Malakoutian

Deputy Mayor, City of Bellevue

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Opening Remarks

Bill Kent, CEM

Executive Director, Association of Energy Engineers

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Opening Session Chair

Kaushik Bhattacharjee

President-Elect, AEE

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