GE Leadership

Deb Frodl

Global Executive Director, Ecomagination

Deb Frodl leads GE Ecomagination, the company’s business strategy to accelerate innovation and growth in a resource constrained world through efficient and intelligent solutions. In this role, Deb was named the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE) 2014 Woman of the Year. She held previous executive marketing, sales, and CEO roles for GE’s Capital Fleet Services, Capital Public Finance, Commercial Equipment Finance and Dealer Financial Services. In 2010, she was named Chief Strategy Officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and Global Alternative Fuels Leader. Deb is on the Board of the Advanced Energy Economy, US DOE Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment for Women and Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment & Renewables. She earned her MBA at the University of St. Thomas and her Bachelors in Business from Minnesota State University.

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Ecomagination External Advisory Board

David Danielson

Precourt Energy Scholar, Stanford University

Expertise: Advanced energy technologies, venture capital

Year joining the Board: 2016

Dr. Danielson is a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he led the world’s largest clean energy innovation funding agency for four years. At EERE, Dr. Danielson directed the U.S. government’s innovation strategy in the areas of sustainable transportation, renewable power and the grid, energy efficiency, and clean energy manufacturing, directing the investment of approximately $2B annually. He is considered a global expert in the development of next-generation clean energy technologies and the creation of new R&D and organizational models for high-impact clean energy innovation.

Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Danielson was co-founder and employee #1 at the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), a highly-successful funding agency that focuses on the development of high-risk, high-reward new clean energy technologies. Prior to his government service, he was a clean energy venture capitalist at Boston-based General Catalyst Partners, where he co-founded the firm’s clean energy practice, and was the founding President of the MIT Energy Club.

Dr. Danielson holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Expertise: Entreprenuer, activist, sustainability

Year joining the Board: 2016

Jeremy Heimans (@jeremyheimans) is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Since its launch in 2009, Purpose has launched several major new organizations including All Out, a 2.2 million-strong LGBT rights group, built the world's first open-source global activism platform, and advised institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACLU, and Google.

Jeremy has been building movements since the age of 8 when, as a child activist in his native Australia, he ran media campaigns and lobbied leaders on issues like children's rights and nuclear non-proliferation. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organization and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia's political parties combined. And in 2007, Jeremy was a co-founder of Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 40 million members.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation's 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. He also serves as Chair of the Forum's Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business. The World e-Government Forum has named him as one of the top ten people who is changing the world of politics and the internet, and The Guardian named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the US. And in 2015, Jeremy received the Performance Theatre's Inspired Leadership Award, whose previous recipients have included Melinda Gates, Richard Branson, and Paul Polman. His work has been profiled in publications like The Economist and The New York Times, and his most recent thinking with Henry Timms on "new power" was featured as the Big Idea in Harvard Business Review, as one of 2014’s top TED talks with more than 1.25m views, and by CNN as one of ten top ideas to change the world in 2015.

Jeremy has been a keynote speaker at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, TED, the RSA, Chatham House, the United Nations, Blair House, The Economist Big Rethink, The Guardian Activate, and Social Media Week.

Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey & Company and he has degrees from Harvard University and the University of Sydney. He lives in New York.

Jeremy Heimans

Co-Founder and CEO, Purpose

Thomas Kuhn

President, Edison Electric Institute

Expertise: Electricity market

Year joining the Board: 2010

Mr. Kuhn is president of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned electric companies whose members generate and distribute approximately three-quarters of the Nation’s electricity. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. From 1972 to 1975, he headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, Kuhn was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the United States Energy Association, The Alliance to Save Energy, The Electric Drive Transportation Association and the American Council for Capital Formation.

Expertise: Power markets, finance

Year joining the Board: 2016

Ms. Lau is President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE-HE) and chairs the boards of its principal subsidiaries, Hawaiian Electric Company and American Savings Bank. In 2008, along with the Governor of Hawaii, Ms. Lau signed the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative which led to Hawaii adopting a 40% renewable portfolio standard by 2030, considered the then most aggressive RPS goal in the nation. In 2015, Hawaii raised that standard to 100% RPS by 2045. Hawaiian Electric is a national leader in renewable power integration, having achieved an RPS of 23% in 2015, including 13% of customers with photovoltaic systems.

Ms. Lau chairs the National Infrastructure Advisory Council which advises the President of the United States on the security of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems, and is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council. In 2014, Ms. Lau was named a C3E Clean Energy Ambassador by the U. S. Department of Energy and in 2011, Woman of the Year by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. In 2013, Ms. Lau received the National Association of Asian American Professionals NAAAP 100 Award and was one of U.S. Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for 2004, 2005 and 2006 when she was CEO of American Savings Bank. Ms. Lau is on the board of Edison Electric Institute, Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services, Matson, Inc., Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Punahou School and Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, and is an advisory board member for the Energy Excelerator.

Ms. Lau has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, a JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law and a BS from Yale College.

Constance Lau

President and CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries

Kyung-Ah Park

Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Expertise: Market-based environmental solutions, finance, risk management

Year joining the Board: 2017

Kyung-Ah is a managing director and the head of Environmental Markets at Goldman Sachs. In that capacity, she manages the global environmental initiatives of Goldman Sachs with a focus on driving market solutions that address critical environmental issues. The firm’s key initiatives include mobilizing $150 billion in clean energy financing and investment, catalyzing innovative green bonds, expanding ESG and impact investing, and a 100% renewable energy procurement target, among others. Kyung-Ah also heads the Center for Environmental Markets, which partners with corporates, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions to facilitate research and develop pilot projects that inform public policy and further environmental market-based solutions. In addition, she helps oversee environmental risk management across transactions and sits on the Firmwide Physical Commodity Review Committee. Previously, she was a vice president in the Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Division and an executive director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC. Kyung-Ah joined Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Kyung-Ah worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Seoul, Korea, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Kyung-Ah earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Kyung-Ah serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of NYC.

Expertise: Energy policy

Year joining the Board: 2016

Carlos Pascual, former senior US diplomat and most recently the State Department’s top energy official, joined IHS in January 2015 as Senior Vice President to focus on global energy issues and international affairs. As the former US Energy Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Pascual established and directed the new Energy Resources Bureau and served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. In that role, he took the lead in negotiating the Iranian oil sanctions with China, India, and other countries. He also played a key role on Iraqi oil developments and natural gas flexibility in Europe.

Since joining IHS, Mr. Pascual has been leading ongoing IHS work on Mexico’s energy reforms and the implications of the Iran nuclear deal for energy development and sanctions policy. He has also led a project on developing a competitive fiscal regime for Ukraine’s natural gas sector. He is centrally involved in incorporating geopolitical risk into IHS market forecasts.

Mr. Pascual was previously US Ambassador to both Mexico and Ukraine and was Special Assistant to the US president for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council. Mr. Pascual created the position of coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization in the State Department, establishing the first civilian response capacity to conflicts. He also was the State Department’s coordinator for US assistance to Europe and Eurasia and held leadership roles at the US Agency for International Development, including Chief of Policy and Strategy for Africa, and field postings in Mozambique, South Africa, and Sudan.

At the Brookings Institution, Mr. Pascual served as Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies and launched the Brookings Energy Security Initiative. His book, Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats, won a 2009 award for the best political science book published by an independent publisher. Mr. Pascual taught and wrote on the geopolitics of energy as a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in the fall of 2014.

Mr. Pascual holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Carlos Pascual

Senior Vice President, Global Energy and International Affairs, IHS

Michael Polsky

President and CEO, Invenergy

Expertise: Renewables, cleantech acceleration

Year joining the Board: 2011

Michael P. Polsky, founder, president, and CEO of leading clean power company Invenergy LLC, has more than 30 years of energy experience. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and an industry leader in cogeneration and in independent power project development.

Founded in 2001, Invenergy develops, owns, and operates utility-scale renewable and natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage facilities in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is North America’s largest privately-held wind power generation company.

Prior to forming Invenergy, Mr. Polsky founded SkyGen Energy LLC in 1991, which became one of America’s largest independent power companies, and later was sold to Calpine Corporation. Before launching SkyGen, Mr. Polsky co-founded and was president of Indeck Energy Services Inc.

An MBA graduate of the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business, Mr. Polsky endowed the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the university in 2002; he also currently chairs the Chicago-Booth Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and is a member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees.

In addition, Mr. Polsky is co-founder and co-chair of the Clean Energy Trust, and serves on the boards of the Argonne National Laboratory and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.