speaker biographies

Ramteen Sioshansi is a professor in and associate chair of the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on techno-economic modeling and analysis of electric power systems, electricity market design, and energy policy. He chairs the Energy Storage Technologies Subcommittee of the Electricity Advisory Committee, a congressionally mandated federal advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He holds a B.A. in applied mathematics and economics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research as well as an M.Sc. in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Afzal S. Siddiqui received the B.S. degree from Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively, all in industrial engineering and operations research. He is a Professor of Energy Economics in the Department of Statistical Science, University College London, U.K., a Professor in the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden, an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal, Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis, Aalto University, Finland. His research interests include distributed generation investment under uncertainty, real options analysis of technology adoption, and strategic interactions in capacity expansion.

Anthony Papavasiliou is an associate professor at the Center for Operations Research at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where he holds the ENGIE Chair and the 2018-2021 Francqui research professorship. He has received a B.Sc. in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.

Adam Borison is an internationally-recognized consultant, academic and entrepreneur with an emphasis on energy industry economics and management. He has more than 25 years of experience in the successful application of advanced analytic methods to strategy, valuation, operations and risk in power and fuels. He has broad experience across a wide range of geographies, technologies and applications, with a particular focus on global renewable energy. Most recently, Dr. Borison evaluated renewable energy strategy, policy and regulation in the Caribbean, analyzed UK renewable energy market entry strategies for a diversified Asian firm, conducted due diligence on a renewable energy portfolio in India for a major private equity firm, and supported utility resource planning efforts involving tens of billions in dollars of generation and transmission facilities in Canada. Dr. Borison has served on the visiting faculty at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Cambridge. He also co-founded Agni Energy, an India-focused bioenergy company.

Wedad Elmaghraby is a Professor in the Operations Management and Management Science group at the Smith School. Her current research interests focus on the impact of market structure on the profitability and performance of business-to-business markets. Using both controlled lab experiments and proprietary data from industry collaborators, she has explored market frictions and behavioral factors that influence bidder behavior (how much they bid and when they bid) in secondary market auctions for used/returned electronic merchandise, the role of ambiguity and risk in a retailer’s selection of product assortment in retail settings, and interaction and influence of decision support tools on operations decision of employees using such tools (such as pricing). Her current areas of application include online markets for the fashion sharing economy, online markets for excess inventory, energy markets and the retail sector. Prior to joining the Smith School, she was on the faculty of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and NYU Stern School of Business in the Operations Management group.

Benjamin Hobbs is the Theodore M. and Kay W. Schad Chair of Environmental Management at the Johns Hopkins University, and has been a member of the faculty of that university’s Department of Environmental Health & Engineering since 1995. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering in 1983 from Cornell University, and his research addresses systems and economic analyses of power and environmental systems. Previously, he was at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University. Since 2010, he has been the Director of the JHU Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute; he also co-directs the USEPA Yale-JHU SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health) Center. Dr. Hobbs chairs the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator. He is a Fellow of IEEE and INFORMS.

Robert Phillips is Director of Pricing Research at Amazon where he leads a team of data scientists who develop the analytic approaches underlying Amazon’s retail and marketplace businesses. Prior to joining Amazon, Dr. Phillips was Director of Marketplace Optimization Data Science at Uber, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School, Director of the Columbia Center for Pricing and Revenue Management, and a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Business School. Dr. Phillips is also the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Nomis Solutions; a software and consulting company that helps financial service companies better manage pricing and profitability. Dr. Phillips previously served as CEO of Decision Focus Incorporated, a consulting company specializing in the application of business analytics in business and government and as CEO of Talus Solutions, a revenue-management software and services company. Dr. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Washington State University.

Hung-po Chao is senior director of economics and chief economist of PJM Interconnection. He advises the executive team and the market services staff on all economic policy and analysis activities related to market design and evolution, market operations and market analysis. Prior to joining PJM, Dr. Chao held various technical and management positions at Energy Trading Analytics LLC, the Internal Market Monitoring Unit at ISO New England, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Dr. Chao has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a consulting professor at Stanford University where he taught a course on market design economics. Dr. Chao serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, M.S. in statistics and operations research, and a Ph.D. in operations research with a minor in economics from Stanford University.

Amy Wilson is the Director of Value Institute for the clinical enterprise at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. The team’s mission is to promote and implement evidence-based decision making that improves the quality, cost, and efficiency of patient care and hospital operations. Prior to MUSC, she was Manager of Healthcare Informatics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. There she conducted research on the value of prevention, consumer driven health plans, and retail clinics. She also led the clinical outcomes evaluation for a disease-management program, and an economic evaluation of the utilization review process. Prior to joining BCBS, she was a faculty member in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota where she taught decision analysis and conducted research in screening for disease. Her research there was supported by National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Association of Schools of Public Health/Centers for Disease Control. She lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with her husband Mat, 13-year-old son Wilson, 1-year-old labradoodle Matilda, and a cat of indeterminate age that we do not like very much.

Robert Wilson’s work on market design included several projects in the power industry with Hung-po Chao, Shmuel Oren, and Stephen Smith. At Stanford his teaching and research are about applications of game theory to economics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Enzo Sauma is a Professor of the School of Engineering and the Director of the UC Energy Research Center at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He holds both the Ph.D. (Dec. 2005) and M.S. (Dec. 2002) in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley. He also holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. His interest includes power systems economics, environmental economics, mathematical programming, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy policy. He has received several international awards (INFORMS, ICORAID, NEXUS-Fulbright, etc.). He is member of INFORMS, IAEE, AAAS and Senior Member of IEEE.

Alex Papalexoplous, an internationally known energy expert and an authority in energy market design and implementation, is president, CEO, and founder of ECCO International, a specialized energy consulting company, which provides consulting and software services worldwide to a wide range of clients such as governments, regulators, utilities, independent system operators, power exchanges, generators, marketers, traders, and software vendors. He is also, since 2012, the CEO and chairman of the board of ZOME Energy Networks, an AI cloud-based software company which specializes in the research, development, and commercialization of smart grid and distributed energy resource optimization, and blockchain technologies. Prior to forming ECCO International in 1998, Dr. Papalexopoulos was a director of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Electric Industry Restructuring Group in San Francisco, California. He received the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.