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David Zilberman

David Zilberman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley

DAVID ZILBERMAN is a Professor, Extension specialist and holder of the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. His areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental economics and policy, water, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, biotechnology, and biofuels. He is the recipient of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, and the 2018-19 President of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is an elected member of the USA National academy of Science, a Fellow of the AAEA, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. Among his awards is the 2005 and 2010 AAEA Publication of Enduring Quality Award and the UNESCO International Cannes Prize for Water and the Economy (2000). He has published more than 350 refereed articles in journals ranging from Science to ARE-Update and has edited 20 books. He has served as a Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank and FAO. He is the founding Academic Director of the Masters Development Practice program at UC Berkeley, and the founding co-director of the Bearhs ELP. He is also one of the Founders of the International Consortium of Applied Bio-economy Research (ICABR). David served as the chair of his department, director of the Giannini Foundation, and is a coeditor of ARE-Update and the Annual Review of Resource Economics. David contributes regularly to The Berkeley Blog.

Title of Speech: Designing Supply Chains to Implements Innovations


Michael Lyons, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He also co-teaches with Prof. Ray Levitt, Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Both courses are some of the highest rated courses in the School of Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two-week program for existing high-tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD).

Title of Speech: DER Applications of Advanced Energy Storage Technology in Micro Grid Deployments


Michela Giorcelli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California - Los Angeles

Michela Giorcelli is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. She is an economic historian, with interests in labor economics and the economics of innovation. Her research primarily focuses on the determinants of productivity and innovation in the 20th century.

Title of Speech: The Importance of Management Practices on Firm Performance Today and Historically


John L. Kent, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director, Walton College, University of Arkansas

John L. Kent received his doctorate from University of Tennessee and his MBA in International Management from University of Dallas. He has over ten years of work experience in various logistical modes of transportation.

His research have been published in the Journal of Business Logistics, Transportation Journal, and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. His industry experience includes the development and implementation of information systems at Burlington Northern Motor Carriers, CSX Intermodal, and Sea-Land Service. While at Sea-Land, he was responsible for the implementation of inland transportation systems in North America, Europe, Japan, and China.

Title of Speech: The Relationship between Leadership Strengths and Job Performance of Fleet Managers

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