International Advisory Panel

  • Dr David Daniels

    Dr David Daniels

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    Dr David Daniels Chief Energy Modeler, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)


    Since 2012, David has been the Chief Energy Modeler at EIA, where he works to ensure internal consistency across all of EIA’s energy models. Prior to EIA, Dr. Daniels served as the Chief Scientist of Digital Sandbox, a security analytics software company, where he developed the terrorism risk analysis methodology used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allocate over $20B in funding since 2006. He has also worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he primarily acted as technical advisor on several DARPA programs, and for The Boston Consulting Group, a commercial strategy consulting firm. His academic background is in high energy particle physics, having earned his M.Sc. from Oxford and his Ph.D. from Harvard.

  • Dr David Joffe

    Dr David Joffe

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    Dr David Joffe Team leader at the UK Committee on Climate Change


    David is a team leader at the UK Committee on Climate Change, now focusing on decarbonisation of buildings and industry. Until recently he was CCC’s Head of Modelling and was lead author for their advice to the UK Government on the 5th carbon budget (the emissions limit for 2028-2032) in November 2015.

    David has a PhD on hydrogen infrastructure for transport from Imperial College London, where he worked for five years, before joining the CCC in 2007. As well as pathways for decarbonising buildings and industry, he leads CCC’s work on roles for hydrogen in a low-carbon energy system and on how scarce bioenergy can best contribute to economy-wide decarbonisation, as well as how shale gas production can be consistent with decarbonisation pathways.

    David is a member of the SGI’s International Advisory Panel.

  • Dr Ricardo Gorini

    Dr Ricardo Gorini

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    Dr Ricardo Gorini Head, Energy Economic Department, Energy Research Office


    Ricardo is Head of the Energy economic department at Energy Research Office (EPE). He has experience working with energy planning tools, energy scenarios, energy demand forecast, energy regulation, and evaluation of energy projects. His main research interest is the prospective of energy scenarios, including economic, technology, environmental, and social drives. He has a degree in Economics and specialization in Finance, and both master and doctorate on Energy Planning.

  • Professor David Allen

    Professor David Allen

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    Professor David Allen Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, & Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, University of Texas at Austin.


    Dr. David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and over 200 papers. His recent work has focused primarily on air quality, and the engineering of sustainable systems. Dr. Allen has been a lead investigator for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. Over the past three years, with support from Environmental Defense Fund and a group of natural gas producers, he has been leading a team measuring methane emissions from natural gas production sites. He has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and from 2012-2015 chaired the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He has won multiple awards for his research and teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA.

    Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.

  • Professor Jim Watson

    Professor Jim Watson

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    Professor Jim Watson Director, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)


    Jim Watson is Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He has 20 years of research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policies. He frequently advises governments in the UK and abroad, and has been a specialist adviser to three UK Parliamentary select committees. His international experience includes a period as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and ten years of collaborative research on energy in China. He is a judge for the Queens Awards and a member of the UK government’s fossil fuel price projections panel.

  • Professor Zheng Li

    Professor Zheng Li

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    Professor Zheng Li Professor & Dean, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University


    Zheng Li is a professor and the head of the Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing and has been working on dynamic modelling of power systems, development of monitoring and measurement technologies of thermal power plants, and analyses of energy systems and energy policies.
    His key research interest is to understand and model the dynamics of Chinese energy systems. The economy the energy systems serve is experiencing the downside of an economic cycle after a continuous growing of 30 years which is a new norm to Chinese society and has great implications to energy consumptions and supplies, especially to natural gas and renewable energy development.