Following are the keynote speakers.
Prof David Sailor
David Sailor received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. He conducted his doctoral research in the Urban Heat Island Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under the direction of Hashem Akbari and Art Rosenfeld. His first academic appointments were at Tulane University (1993-2003) and Portland State University (2003-2015). In 2016 he joined Arizona State University (ASU) as Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He also serves as Director of the Urban Climate Research Center—a center that leverages the diverse expertise of more than 36 faculty affiliates across 7 schools at ASU to develop and implement large-scale highly-interdisciplinary projects addressing crucial atmospheric environment challenges for cities. Professor Sailor's scholarly agenda focuses on the intersection of climate with the built environment. This includes investigation of feedback mechanisms between the built environment and climate with a focus on building energy consumption and renewable energy resources as well as both indoor and outdoor thermal comfort and air quality. He has worked extensively on quantifying the causes and prospects for mitigating the urban heat island effect, including investigation of innovative materials and technologies integrated into building designs and urban infrastructure. Dr. Sailor has also been quite active in several societies that focus on urban climate systems. This includes serving as chair of the American Meteorological Society's Board on the Urban Environment (2008-2011) and as secretary of the board of the International Association for Urban Climate (2014-2018).
Dr Ronnen Levinson
Dr. Ronnen Levinson is a Staff Scientist and Leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. Within his research portfolio he develops cool roof, wall, and pavement materials; improves methods for the measurement of solar reflectance; and quantifies the energy and environmental benefits of cool surfaces. He serves on the boards and technical committees of the Cool Roof Rating Council and the Global Cool Cities Alliance; represents the United States in International Energy Agency Annex 80 (Resilient Cooling); and advises policymakers, code officials, utilities, and building rating programs about cool surfaces. He holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, and serves on the editorial boards of Energy & Buildings and Solar Energy. He received the 2016 Marty Hastings Award for outstanding contributions to the Cool Roof Rating Council, and a 2016 R&D 100 Award for invention of the Cool Roof Time Machine.
Mr Tanmay Tathagat
Mr. Tanmay Tathagat has a background of architecture and engineering. He works on projects dealing with sustainable development, building energy efficiency, green buildings, and energy efficiency standards and labeling in Asia, Africa and the US.
Tanmay leads the Environmental Design Solutions [EDS] team of consultants working on climate change policies, energy efficient building design, building code development, energy efficiency policy development, energy simulation and green building certification process.
His work over the last 25 years includes, the development of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC 2007 and ECBC 2017) and Eco-Housing program in India, and is currently leading the Market Transformation and Integration for Energy Efficiency (MAITREE) program as part of the US-India Bilateral initiative. Since 2003 EDS has worked on hundreds of green buildings, energy efficiency, and policy research projects worldwide.