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Board of Directors

Student Energy’s Board of Directors ensures proper governance, financial management, and accountability for the organization. In addition to having a strong understanding of Student Energy’s youth network and young people’s current roles in the energy sector, our board members bring a diverse set of relevant skills and expertise that guide the strategic direction of Student Energy’s work. Board members’ professional experience includes work in international sustainable development, energy entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, and organizational leadership.

Board of Directors

Kali Taylor

Board Chair, Co-Founder

Kali Taylor is a sustainable development professional, with a keen interest in systems thinking, social change, and youth engagement. Kali currently works with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Geneva coordinating action on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Kali is also a member of the newly created UNOG SDG Lab team, representing the NGO viewpoint and providing expertise on systems change and innovation best practice.

Kali is a co-founder and the former Executive Director of Student Energy. She ran the organization for 3 years through its formative years and initial growth stage before taking on the Board Chair position. She has also completed an internship with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform – a joint initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for advancing the green economy.

In her early career, Kali held numerous positions in the energy industry and independent consulting assignments in areas including business development, project management, CO2 management and triple bottom line performance and innovation improvement. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specialized in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Kali has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community including the Premier’s Citizenship award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship medal. She was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25 in 2011, one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, GLOBE’s Next Gen Entrepreneur in 2014, an AB Top Young Innovator in 2016, and one of Canada’s Top 35 Under 35 Energy Leaders in 2016.

Janice Tran

Vice Chair, Co-Founder

Janice is a green energy enthusiast committed to helping build the world’s sustainable energy economy. She was an original Co-Founder for Student Energy and a Co-Chair for the 2009 International Student Energy Summit. Janice is currently an Investment Associate at Generate Capital, where she works to identify and underwrite investment opportunities in the renewable energy and waste-to-value sectors.

Prior to Generate Capital, Janice worked at NRG, America’s largest independent power producer, where she focused on building the company’s renewable microgrids business. She has also worked with the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs on designing integrated water, energy and food approaches for government policies in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Janice has a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. Janice is also a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada.

Julia-Maria Becker

Director

Julia-Maria Becker is a priority director with the Pembina Institute who works on corporate, government and community-based sustainability projects in Alberta relating to clean economy with a focus on energy efficiency and carbon pricing.

Before joining the Pembina Institute, Julia worked for an international organization, Student Energy, where she led the Energy Literacy Platform; she is now on the board of directors of Student Energy. She also worked at Alberta Ecotrust where she was responsible for the organization’s social innovation lab.

Julia has worked for German and Mexican government institutions and has a Master of Development Economics and a Bachelor of International Economics. She is involved in a local community group that brings together citizens to discuss climate change and has participated in panel discussions on the clean energy transition throughout Alberta and at international conferences in Europe, Mexico and Canada. She was included in the United Nations Environment Programme‘s Youth Climate documentary and is a member of Next Up’s Climate Leadership Program, where individuals from non-environmental sectors work together to devise climate solutions that can be implemented within their respective organizations. Julia is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

Dan Fipke

Director

Dan Fipke is an energy professional in Alberta’s electricity industry, working towards a low-carbon electricity sector and supporting the most significant market reform in over 20 years. He currently works at the Alberta Department of Energy as a Senior Advisor. He previously worked with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) as a Commercial Analyst, tasked with the procurement of operating reserves and other ancillary services to maintain Alberta’s reliable electric grid. Previously he worked in Forecasting and contributed to the development of an annual 20-year load and generation forecast. Dan has also worked for AMIS Inter- Ag; an international management firm focused on sustainable agriculture development.

Dan has been an active volunteer with Student Energy since 2008 and was a key member of the inaugural 2009 Summit. He holds a master’s degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary in Political Science and Economics.

Mihir Desu

Director

Mihir Desu is a clean energy professional focused on youth empowerment, social justice, and designing policy and markets to align incentives with sustainable development. He joined the first cohort of Student Energy global volunteers in 2012, assisting with social media engagement and the 2013 International Student Energy Summit (SES) in Norway. He has been active within the global Student Energy community and was selected to the participate on the Changemakers Panel at the 2015 SES in Bali, Indonesia.

Mihir is currently a Manager in Strategen’s consulting practice, where he advises clients on strategies and policies to advance clean energy development. Before Strategen, Mihir worked for Portland General Electric, an investor-owned electrical utility in Oregon, where he managed policy proceedings related to distributed energy resources such as solar, energy storage, demand response, and electric vehicles. He has also worked as a consultant for The Cadmus Group evaluating demand-side management programs for utilities and government organizations. He started his career analyzing energy markets for traders and developers with EnergyGPS.

Mihir graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.

Timothy Hensman

Treasurer

Currently Treasurer of Student Energy, his expertise stems from over a decade of financial work in the non-for-profit sector. Timothy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Timothy is an impassioned advocate for both education and science.

Rosie Pidcock

Secretary

Rosie is a business development and marketing professional with a passion for sustainability and renewable energy. She is an eight-year veteran of Student Energy, beginning as Chair of the 2011 International Student Energy Summit (SES) and eventually supporting its expansion overseas to Norway, Indonesia and Mexico. She also created the Changemakers Panel, a platform for outstanding SES alumni to share how they are creating change in the energy industry. She strongly believes in the importance of empowering youth to take action on the energy future they want, and is constantly inspired by the students she is privileged to work with through Student Energy.

Rosie was previously based in Beijing where she managed the Commercial Solar division in China for UGE (a global full service renewable energy provider) and also managed the Built Environment program for the China Greentech Initiative (now part of the Paulson Institute). Most recently she served as Market Development Manager for Intel’s cloud computing business with China’s largest Internet companies (Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu) based in Shanghai.

Rosie is currently supporting Student Energy with their next phase of growth, including global expansion of the Chapters program. Rosie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

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