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Emily Stock, Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transit

Manager of Rail Planning

stockheadAs Manager of Rail Planning at the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Ms. Stock leads the Commonwealth's Southeast High Speed Rail Program, which includes the Washington, D.C. to Richmond Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Engineering Project (DC2RVA), along with other rail planning efforts in the Commonwealth.

Ms. Stock has worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia for over 10 years, previously serving as Business Development Manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. In that role, she assisted manufacturers and distribution companies locate facilities at sites with the best transportation access, linking railroads with potential new customers.

Early in her career she worked in consulting for VHB in Richmond, Hurley-Franks Associates in Philadelphia, and Stokes Environmental in Norfolk, Virginia, where she focused on environmental studies and public involvement for transportation and communications projects, including I-66 Outside the Beltway, the I-81 Corridor Improvement Study, and I-95 Improvement Projects in Delaware.

She holds a bachelor's degree from of James Madison University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Virginia.

 

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Nazih Haddad, The Northeast Maglev

Executive Vice President

haddadheadMr. Haddad is the Executive Vice President with The Northeast Maglev Company responsible for the development of the SCMAGLEV project in the northeast corridor. Prior to joining The Northeast Maglev in January 2015, Mr. Haddad served as Senior Program Director with the Louis Berger Group in New York City where he led an LBG team providing consulting services to the MTA relating to the East Side Access Project. He previously served as Director of Strategic Development and Rail Planning at LBG in Abu Dhabi and as Chief Program Officer at Qatar Rail Company in Doha, Qatar where he was responsible for the overall implementation and delivery of an integrated rail system for the state of Qatar.

Before joining Qatar Rail in 2010, Mr. Haddad led the high speed rail development efforts in Florida, first as the Executive Director for the Florida High Speed Rail Authority and later as Chief Operating Officer for the Florida Rail Enterprise.

Mr. Haddad holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA in Finance from Florida State University.

 

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Matthew Watts, Trimble

Strategic Accounts Manager, Buildings

wattsheadMatt Watts has worked with capital and infrastructure programs in industries such as telecom, real estate development, engineering and government over the past 15 years. His focus has been on large capital programs that have demanding requirements to manage project delivery. Matt works with his clients to improve efficiency by integrating the project delivery process with the portfolio of Design, Build and Operate solutions from Trimble.

 

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Levi Tillemann, New America Foundation

Fellow

tillemannhead smallDr. Levi Tillemann brings a unique combination of energy-sector knowledge and policy expertise to his analysis. He was the founder and CEO of a clean energy startup named IRIS Engines, spent five years as Pulitzer Prize Winner Daniel Yergin's research and writing assistant at IHS, and recently finished a presidential appointment advising the U.S. Department of Energy on policy and international affairs. He is currently the Jeff and Cal Leonard Fellow at New America.

His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Fortune, The Washington Post, Denver Post, and other publications. Tillemann leverages his connections within the political and energy world to gain extraordinary access to the most compelling stories of the world's technological, innovation and energy landscape. In addition to English, he speaks four languages (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese). He is the author of The Great Race (Simon and Schuster 2015), a book on leadership, strategy and innovation in the global auto industry.

 

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Chris Lohmann, Energi

Vice President of Alternative Energy Solutions

lohmannhead smallChris Lohmann is the VP for Alternative Energy Solutions at Energi Insurance and leads development of new risk management products for advanced energy projects. Energi's AES group evaluates and underwrites projects and technologies on an engineering basis, rather than through actuarial analysis, and provides performance guarantees that de-risk the productivity required to achieve investment returns. Energi has provided guarantees for energy efficiency, solar, fuel cell, bioenergy, energy storage, and micro-grid projects, and is continuously exploring new technologies and business models in need of new risk management products.

Prior to Energi, Chris served as a Senior Finance Policy Advisor for the US Department of Energy, as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at GE, and in a variety of finance and strategy roles at several early-stage firms. He began his career as an officer in the US Marine Corps, and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Yale University.

 

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José Luis Romo, Grupo Aeroportuario Ciudad de México

Director of Planning, Outreach and Strategy

romoheadJosé Luis Romo is a Mexican economist, with studies at the University of Warwick in England and Harvard University in the US. For the last 15 years, Mr. Romo has been appointed for different positions inside the Mexican Government, including the Ministry of Finance, the National Commission for the Social Protection in Health, and the Mexican Social Security Institute. Since September 2013, Mr. Romo has been responsible for the Planning and Evaluation office at the New Airport Project of Mexico City, one of the three largest infrastructural airport projects worldwide nowadays. The construction of the new international airport is set to begin in 2015 and is expected to be up and running by 2020. The total investment is planned around 13 USD billion, it will have in its maximum development phase 6 runways and will transport annually around 120 million passengers.

 

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James Porter DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Chief Engineer and Vice President - Engineering and Operations (Retired)

porterheadJames B. Porter, Jr. was chief engineer and vice president - Engineering and Operations for DuPont until his retirement in September, 2008. Jim joined the company in 1966 as a chemical engineer in the engineering service division (ESD) field program at the Engineering Test Center in Newark, Delaware. He left the same year for a tour in the United States Army and returned in April, 1968 as a technical services engineer at DuPont's Chattanooga, Tennessee fibers plant.

Jim was named vice president of Engineering on November 1, 1996. He became vice president of Safety, Health & Environment and Engineering on February 1, 2004. He assumed the position of Chief Engineer and Vice President - DuPont Engineering and Operations on July 1, 2006.

Jim has served as chair for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and he was the 2004 recipient of CII's Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. In 2005 he received the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Achievement Award and in 2007 he was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award. In 2008 he was the first recipient of FIATECH's "James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership." He is a member of several Boards of Directors and was on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors .

Today, Jim is the founder and President of Sustainable Operations Solutions, LLC which provides consulting services to help companies make significant and sustainable improvements in workplace safety, process safety management, capital effectiveness and operations productivity..

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1965.

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Keith Foxx, District Department of Transportation

Program Manager

foxxheadKeith Foxx, P.E. is currently the District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) Program Manager for the DC Power Line Undergrounding (DC PLUG) project. The DC PLUG program is a $1 billion unique regulated public-private partnership, between the District of Columbia and the electric company Pepco, to underground the District's most vulnerable feeders.

Mr. Foxx has almost 20 years of infrastructure experience as a design manager, construction manager and program manager in DC, MD, VA, WV & PA. He has experience on both the government side and the private side. Most of his projects have been urban roads, highway, utilities and bridge projects.

He is the State DOT Value Engineering Coordinator and has helped author DDOT's 2013 Standard Specifications for Highways and Structures and is currently working on DDOT's Design and Engineering Manual.

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Ilan Dunsky, Dentons

Partner

dunskyheadIlan Dunsky is Co-Chair of Dentons' Infrastructure and PPP practice group in Canada and is a member of its global Infrastructure and PPP steering committee.

Ilan represents both domestic and international clients in the development of infrastructure, public-private partnerships and project financings, especially in the energy, transportation, and facilities sectors, and has worked throughout Canada, in the U.S., and in multiple emerging economies. He also advises governments and government agencies worldwide on the procurement of major infrastructure projects.

Ilan has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the world's top lawyers in the Projects: PPP and Infrastructure sector, by the Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Energy & Natural Resources Lawyers as one of the outstanding practitioners in his field, as a top ranked project finance lawyer in The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White), as a leading practitioner in both the Infrastructure and Electricity sectors by Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, and as a leading practitioner in Public Procurement by Who's Who Legal.

 

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Ben Robuck, CEMEX

Vice President

robuckheadBen Robuck is a Vice President of Infrastructure & Direct Work for Cemex USA. This position encompasses the promotion of cement based pavements nationwide, as well as supporting sales efforts to large road and runway paving contractors. A 1985 graduate from Auburn (AL) University with a BS in Civil Engineering, he has also worked in various management positions for Vulcan Materials Company, Florida Rock Industries, and McCarthy Improvement Company. He is currently the Chair of the American Concrete Paving Association's Southeast Chapter and has also served as President of the Georgia Construction Aggregates Association.

Robuck and his wife, Angela, live in Newnan, GA. They have two children, Susannah who is a recent graduate of Auburn University, and John who is currently a Junior there. Ben continues to be active in his church, Central Baptist Church (Newnan, GA) as well as the Boy Scouts of America. His other interests include exercise, golf, and reading.

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