Global Advisory Board

Elisabeth Brinton, Chair of the Global Advisory Board

Elisabeth BrintonExecutive General Manager, New Energy, AGL
Elisabeth Brinton has more than 25 years of experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture. Elisabeth joined AGL in September 2016 from New York Stock Exchange-listed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she led Corporate Strategy, launched PG&E’s ground breaking IoT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments. Elisabeth also led California’s exploration of new utility business models. She is a science and humanities graduate of Principia College in Illinois, USA and is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S Truman scholarship and a Lincoln Academy inductee, both in the USA.

Sydney McNiff Johnson

Sydney JohnsonSenior Advisor, Dentons
Sydney McNiff Johnson is a senior advisor in Dentons’ global Energy practice, where she brings years of experience advising clients on domestic and international energy, environmental and government solutions within the government relations and public affairs arenas. Sydney routinely engages her strategic insight on project management for alternative energy and traditional energy clients, as well as her formidable communications strategies to increase client visibility and direct public opinion within government and commercial sectors. She is a skilled negotiator and facilitator with thought leaders and energy policy professionals on a global scale, and advises clients on current energy policy issues and long-term business decisions.

Michael Liebreich

Michael LiebreichChairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy and transportation. He is also a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority, a member of the high-level advisory board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and holds a variety of other directory and advisory positions in business and the non-profit sector. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Now called Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the business is headquartered in London, with over 200 staff working out of 13 offices globally; its clients include most of the major ministries, investors, energy and technology companies in transport and energy.

Nancy E Pfund

Nancy E PfundFounder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity on both the audit and compensation committees, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, and Farmers Business Network, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Ms. Pfund was formerly a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan.

Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE

Fiona WoolfPartner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Fiona Woolf is an energy and infrastructure lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna who has advised over 28 governments and the World Bank on energy reforms and infrastructure. She has 25 years’ experience in dealing with regulation, market design, implementation and major projects in the electricity industry – culminating in a CBE in 2002 for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings. Much of her recent work has been for the World Bank on regional markets, regulation and infrastructure serving more than one country.