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Jim Elliott

Vice President of Memory Marketing and Product Planning, Samsung Semiconductor Inc

Jim Elliott, as Vice President of Memory Marketing and Product Planning at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., oversees all marketing activities for Samsung’s memory organization in the Americas.

Elliott has 15 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, during which he focused on product sales and marketing at major multinational companies. He started his semiconductor career in 1996 at Hitachi in SRAM Marketing. In late 1997, he transitioned into the volatile world of DRAM when he joined Fujitsu Microelectronics.

Elliott has been at Samsung for the past nine years, where he has held leadership positions in marketing and sales.

Elliott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and later received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He has been a featured guest speaker at a number of industry conferences, including the G20/ICT Summit, the Global Semiconductor Alliance Memory Conference, the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, and the Flash Memory Summit. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a large non-profit organization formed to reduce the energy consumption of computers and related components.

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Rob Aldrich

Technical Leader – Energy Optimization Services, Cisco

Rob is the principal solutions architect for Connected Energy Services and energy efficiency expert at Cisco. His role involves working with Cisco customers, Cisco IT and Labs, Cisco’s Central Development Office product developers and Workplace Resources divisions. His background prior to joining Cisco in 2005 was in power and cooling design for enterprise-class data centers. He has held positions in both facilities and IT operations including; product management, systems engineering, technical marketing and field services.

In addition to practical experience in facilities and IT operations, design, deployment and management, his degree is in environmental sciences. This mix of backgrounds provides a unique knowledge base across energy, mechanical and electrical design, pollution, carbon regulatory frameworks and corporate processes. At Cisco he has applied structure to this knowledge through programmatic frameworks such as the Data Center Assurance and Efficiency Assurance Programs.

The most recent project Rob has been involved with was the development of EnergyWise, Cisco’s first IP-based energy management code base and policy engine. This core code has set the foundation for real-time energy monitoring and control within the network, managed in a cloud-based model.

In addition to numerous white papers, interviews and training modules, Rob is the author of IP-Enabled Energy Management: A Proven Strategy to Administering Energy as a Service (ISBN 978-0-470-47399-3), released by Wiley Press in October of 2010. In his current role Rob leads an Advanced Services team that helps IT and Facilities Managers deploy energy management capabilities enterprise-wide. He is a featured blogger on Cisco Ecolibrium and Data Center blogs.

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Matthew C. Banks

Senior Program Officer, Business & Industry Program, Climate Savers, World Wildlife Fund – US

Matt Banks works in World Wildlife Fund’s Business & Industry Program on climate change partnerships. He works with businesses and other stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through Climate Savers, mobilizing over 28 companies to set world-class greenhouse gas reduction targets. Before joining WWF, Matt worked for AtKisson, Inc., where he developed sustainability indicators for the Island of Nantucket, the city of Pittsburgh, and the Trust for Public Land. Matt also worked for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and was responsible for launching the greenhouse gas emissions inventory and local action planning process for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 2000. Thereafter, Matt’s experience as a consultant at Eastern Research Group, included work with clients on topics ranging from fuel cells, vehicle emissions testing, corporate energy efficiency, and emerging toxic remediation technologies. Additionally, he has worked for the Conservation Law Foundation, National Audubon Society, Maine State Planning Office and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He graduated from The Colorado College with a BA in Political Economy, a Minor in Environmental Issues and holds a Master’s of Science from Sweden’s Lund University International Masters Programme in Sustainability Science & Policy. In 2002 he received a certificate in Global Energy Planning and Sustainable Development at the University of Oslo. In 2006, he completed the Prince of Wales Business & Environment Programme. In the fall of 2004 and 2007, Matt traveled to the polar bear capital of the world (Churchill, Manitoba) to train the guides leading WWF trips on how Climate Savers companies mitigate rising carbon emissions impacting the Arctic. Matt is a recipient of the Business Sustainability Initiative award from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and is a 2009 nominee for the Sir Edmund Hillary Institute’s Hillary Step Award. Matt has lectured at MIT, Georgetown University, University of Delaware, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, George Mason University, The Colorado College, Lund University, George Washington University, US Foreign Service Institute, NASA and at the United Nations. He serves on sustainability advisory boards for the Climate Savers Smart Computing Initiative, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, IKEA and Sodexo.

Matt is a recent chapter author for the book, Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies Toward Business.


Oliver Tavakoli

CTO, SLT Business Group, Juniper Networks

Oliver Tavakoli is CTO for Juniper’s SLT Business Group. In this role he sets overall technical direction for Juniper’s Firewall, IDP, SSL VPN and WAN acceleration product lines.

Prior to joining Juniper Networks via acquisition, Oliver was CTO at Funk Software, a pioneer in the AAA and 802.1X spaces which fielded market-leading products such as Steel-Belted Radius and Odyssey Client.

Oliver joined Funk Software through its acquisition of Trilogy, Inc., a company which Oliver co-founded in 1994. Earlier in his career, Oliver developed system and networking software at IBM and Novell.

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Lorie Wigle

General Manager, Eco-Technology Program Office, Intel Corporation
President, Climate Savers Computing Initiative

Lorie Wigle leads Intel’s Eco-Technology effort which is focused on the sustainable manufacturing and usage of Intel’s products. This corporate-wide function drives Intel’s market position across energy efficient performance and design for the environment. In this capacity Lorie also drives external programs related to client, server and data center efforts including Intel’s participation in The Green Grid and Climate Savers Computing Initiative.

Prior to this position, Lorie was the Director of Server Technology and Initiatives Marketing for Intel. In that role, she and her team were responsible for Intel Virtualization Technology offerings as well as Intel Dynamic Power Technology and other advanced platform capabilities. Her organization also drove industry engagement on memory and I/O for server platforms. Lorie has been with Intel for 23 years in a wide variety of Marketing and Product Planning roles and was the General Manager of Intel’s Internet Imaging Services group. She has an MBA from Portland State University and a BA degree from the University of Oregon.

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George O. Goodman

Executive Director, Climate Savers Computing Initiative

George Goodman is the Executive Director for Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI;, leading the efforts of this broadly based consortium. Started by Google and Intel in 2007, CSCI is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations. The Initiative was started in the spirit of WWF’s Climate Savers program which has mobilized over a dozen companies since 1999 to cut carbon dioxide emissions, demonstrating that reducing emissions is good business. The goal is to promote development, deployment and adoption of smart technologies that can both improve the efficiency of a computer’s power delivery and reduce the energy consumed when the computer is in an inactive state.

Prior to working with CSCI, George has led technology and product development in several Information and Computing Technology (ICT) companies, creating products ranging from full computer systems through communications products to branded consumer audio offerings, at Intel, Sequent, Xerox, and Bell Labs.

In addition, George led the Liberty Alliance Project, a cross-industry identity and authentication standards and policy consortium as its elected President for 2005 & 2006.
George earned his Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1980 following his Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1976.

George lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Marsha. Beyond work, George is an avid photographer and advocate for creative use of virtual world technologies.

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