Plenary Session Moderators

Joshua Horton is Research Director, Geoengineering. Josh conducts research on geoengineering policy and governance issues, including the regulation of research, liability and compensation, and geopolitics. Josh previously worked as a clean energy consultant for a global energy consulting firm. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

DR. JOSHUA HORTON

Quintin Pastrana is an entrepreneur and corporate executive with 20 years of experience working for multinational corporations in the energy and minerals sector. He is currently the President of WEnergy Power Pilipinas, Inc., which focuses on renewable, hybrid, and off-grid solutions. He is also the founder of an award-winning social enterprise, the Library Renewal Partnership, with close to 500 partner libraries to date. He has been recognized by the Asia Society, the US-ASEAN Business Council as one of the country's and region's top young leaders. He graduated from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Georgetown with advanced degrees in Literature, International Relations and Business.

PRES. QUINTIN JOSE PASTRANA

She has a Ph.D. in International Relations and over 15 years of experience as a Consultant skilled in International Project Management, International Relations, and Science Diplomacy. She has worked with government institutions and not-for-profit organizations in Europe and Singapore and has a strong background in strategic planning, analysis, campaign planning, intercultural communication, public speaking, and financial budgeting.
She is available for expert positions on European / international projects in the areas of public diplomacy, people-to-people exchange, higher education, research cooperation & mobility, communication, and networking.

DR. SUSANNE RENTZOW-VASU

She is the founder and currently the Dean of the Asian Development College for Community Economy and Technology (adiCET), Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. adiCET was established in facilitates sustainable development of the local community. I established and managed the Chiang Mai World Green City (CMGC) as the living laboratory for renewable energy and green technologies developed from over 70 sustainable energy/environment projects. CMGC focuses on the implementation of Community Power for small rural communities. The aim is to develop an affordable/appropriate sustainable energy system to enhance the livelihood and occupation of the community. She is the head of the Graduate Program in Community Energy and Environment and oversees the Renewable Energy Research and Training Center in Chiang Mai World Green City. adiCET has the experience to organize and co-organized 22 conferences/workshops over the past 10 years. Her team created a short course and training program that trained over 5,000 participants regarding community sustainable development, renewable energy, energy and environmental conservation, and sufficiency economy concept. She was the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellow and worked at the Ministry of Energy, Thailand on Thailand’s Decentralized Community Power Project. In addition, She was the recipient of the 2016 ASEAN-US Women in Science Award for the thematic area of sustainable energy. 

DR. WORAJIT SETTHAPUN

Mr. Hirsch brings 20+ years of professional experience resident in S.E. Asia, responsible for The Louis Berger Group’s Integrated Development business unit for over a decade. Following retirement as a Partner and Sr. Vice-President, he established a local firm, Applied Planning & Infrastructure, Inc. to participate in the Philippines Public Private Partnership program. Mr. Hirsch managed acquisition and delivery of a diverse portfolio of sustainable development and infrastructure planning contracts in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Sudan in partnership with USAID, JICA, ADB, World Bank and private firms.
Mr. Hirsch led pioneering initiatives in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao including oversight of large multi-disciplinary contracts to facilitate economic growth, improve transport systems, build vocational training capacity, reduce conflict and Islamic insurgency. This included livelihood training to more than 28,000 former combatants of the Moro National Liberation Front to facilitate re-integration to civil society after signing of the peace pact, oversight of construction of over 1,000 community infrastructure projects, and numerous agricultural production and marketing capacity expansion initiatives. He also helped establish the first Ministry of Transport in South Sudan and build its capacity, visited ISAF forces in Afghanistan to provides lessons learned in Islamic Mindanao, and oversaw teams throughout Indonesia to plan roads, seaports and other transport infrastructure.

CHAIRMAN RICHARD HIRSCH

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