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WIE Virtual Roundtable Discussion: Kristin Barbato, Founder and CEO of Build Edison

Past Event

October 28, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for a virtual roundtable discussion with Kristin Barbato, Founder and CEO of Build Edison and Co-founder of Dynamo Energy Hub. Ms. Barbato will discuss her academic background, career path, and her transition from government and utilities to entrepreneurship.  Biography: With 25 years in energy, Kristin has a background in energy innovation as an executive in utilities, government, and private sector energy operations and investment. She’s founded two companies to scale innovative solutions in the clean energy economy and make a positive impacts in efficiency and the environment. She is Co-Founder of Dynamo – a unique global network of thought leaders and energy hubs in different cities. Kristin is also Founder and CEO of Build Edison, which helps early-stage energy companies get to scaled commercialization faster through utilities advisory and demo project partners. In her previous executive roles, she helped cities and corporations optimize their capital planning, commodity supply, efficiency projects, renewable investments, and smart operations performance. Kristin served as Managing Director of Enterprise Development at Edison Energy, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and was appointed to Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration to manage the long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) for the country’s largest municipal energy infrastructure and operations with an annual budget of $1.3B. Kristin also worked for Veolia Environment, ConEdison, and Florida Power & Light in various technical and strategic leadership roles.   Kristin graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. For the last five years, she has been a Professor of energy management for graduate level international policy schools at Columbia and New York University. She also serves on the advisory board for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to help families of children with cancer. — This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. For more information, please contact Jully Merino Carela ([email protected]) or Nicolina DueMogensen ([email protected]).