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2017 US-China New Energy Economy Forum

Past Event

November 17, 2017 - November 18, 2017

8:45 am - 1:00 pm

The 3rd US-China New Energy Economy Forum hosted by Columbia UniversityBAIC BJEV, and Gotion Inc. was held on November 17-18 in the Silicon Valley of California. Participants had opportunities to learn and discuss cooperation and development in the field of new energy between US, China, and beyond, especially the innovation and applications of EV and energy storage in the changing context of global economy.

Nov. 17th Friday – Morning


Continental Breakfast & Registration


Opening Remarks

  • Yang Yihang, Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of China in San Francisco
  • Xu Heyi, Chairman of BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd)
  • Li Zhen, Chairman of Guoxuan High-tech Co., Ltd
  • Terry Culver, Associate Dean of Columbia University SIPA


Keynote: The Future of US – China Energy and Economic Cooperation

  • Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, Stanford University Professor, fmr US Energy Secretary
  • Mod: David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow of Columbia University CGEP


Coffee Break


Session 1: Global Vision – Mobility in Transition

  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow of Columbia University CGEP
  • Zheng Gang, CEO of Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd
  • Li Zhen, Chairman of Guoxuan High-tech Co., Ltd
  • Michael Dunne, President of Dunne Automotive Ltd., fmr President of GM Indonesia
  • Lewis Fulton, Co-Director, STEPS, Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis
  • Marcial Nava, Principal Economist at BBVA Compass
  • Sobhan Khani, Director of Mobility at Plug & Play


Panel Discussion 1

  • Mod: Michael Dunne


Innovation Talk

  • Candace Widdoes, COO of Plug & Play



Nov. 17th Friday – Afternoon


Keynote: Energy Future in China

  • Manuel Pinho, Columbia University Visiting Professor, fmr Minister of Economy and Innovation in Portugal
  • Mark Levine, Guest Senior Scientist of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, founder of the China Energy Group


Session 2: National Ambitions in EV – Road to Zero Emission

  • Mark Wenzel, Climate Change Adviser at California EPA
  • Steven Cai, Dean of Engineering Institute, Guoxuan High-tech Co., Ltd
  • Issam Dairanieh, CEO of CO2 Sciences, fmr BP Managing Director of Corporate VC
  • Huanyu Mao, Chairman of Suzhou YouLion Battery Inc.
  • Joel Levin, Executive Director at Plug In America
  • Chris Mi, Professor and Chair of ECE Department at San Diego State University
  • Ed Lovelace, CTO of XL Hybrids


Panel Discussion 2

  • Mod: Chris Mi


Innovation Talk


Networking Reception



Dinner Reception Keynote

  • Susan Shirk, China Expert, fmr Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
  • Mod: Guang Lei, Director, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego



Nov. 18th Saturday – Morning


Continental Breakfast and Registration


New Energy Outlook 2017

  • Rob Glen, Western Market Leader, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)


Keynote: US – China Energy and Environment Cooperation

  • Gina McCarthy, Fellow at Harvard University, fmr Administrator of US EPA
  • Mod: Manuel Pinho, Columbia University Visiting Professor, fmr Minister of Economy and Innovation in Portugal


Session 3: Diverse Development – Energy Storage as a Service

  • Daniel Steingart, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
  • Song Ci, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ryan Wartena, President & Director of Product at Geli
  • Jack Chen, CEO at Energport Inc.
  • Wade Bitaraf, Direct of Energy at Plug & Play
  • Candice Yu, Policy & Strategy at Mercedes-Benz Energy


Panel Discussion 3

  • Mod: Daniel Steingart


Closing Remarks