Foundation Council

Hervé Touati
President, Energy Web Foundation
Senior Fellow, Rocky Mountain Institute

Hervé Touati is a senior fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He represents RMI on the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) Council and is President and co-founder of EWF. He is also a board member of Power Energy, the energy subsidiary of the Power Corporation of Canada, and an advisor to a number of software startups in the clean energy space.

Hervé’s main activities today are with Shell New Energies, where he is the General Manager of Connected Energy, a business that brings the benefits of distributed energy resources (DERs) to Shell customers.

Ewald Hesse
Vice President, Energy Web Foundation
CEO & Cofounder, Grid Singularity

Ewald Hesse leads the Grid Singularity venture, rooted in his extensive experience in the energy sector and acute interest in distributed business models. Grid Singularity, established in early 2016, has become globally recognized as a leading blockchain technology developer in the energy sector, featured in relevant industry reports and events, including the Clean Energy Ministerial Conference (San Francisco, USA, June 2016), European Utility Week, (Barcelona, Spain, October 2016), the CleanTech Forum Europe (Lyon, France, April 2016), the International Smart Grid Action Network workshop (Yokohama, Japan, March 2016), the DENA TechFestival (Berlin, March 2017) the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge (February 2016), and many others.

Prior to founding Grid Singularity, Ewald served as Regional director for business development and strategy in Southeast Europe at Andritz Hydro, one of the world’s largest hydropower technology providers. Earlier in his career, he explored technology transfer and joint ventures in China and the European automobile sector, working in management positions at Metzler and ABB. He then also co-founded several companies in the area merchandise and distribution such as Trend Visions Trading.

Ewald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Project Management from the University of Konstanz, Germany. As part of his study program, Ewald also attended the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. He speaks English, German and Russian.

Christoph Frei
Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation
Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council

Born in Switzerland in 1969, Christoph became the World Energy Council’s fifth Secretary General & CEO in April 2009. Since his joining, he has lead the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation by strengthening its policy and business insight processes, including WEC’s on-going World Energy Scenarios, World Energy Issues Monitor and World Energy Trilemma flagship studies.

He has an assignment as Adjunct Professor and acts as Advisor to the President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne.

Before joining the World Energy Council, Christoph was Senior Director, Energy Industries & Policy at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a member of WEF’s Executive Council (2001–2009). Previously he held various positions as Research Fellow and Lecturer at Swiss Federal Technical Institutes in Zurich (CEPE/ETHZ), Lausanne (EPFL) and Würenlingen (PSI).

Christoph’s work and publications have covered energy scenarios, climate & labour market policy, energy water nexus and the future of utilities. He has initiated projects including EPFL’s Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, the South Africa based Energy Access Partnership, and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, which in 2008 led Ethisphere to rank him among the 100 most influential people in business ethics.

Dr Frei received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, in 2001. He holds diplomas in electrical engineering and econometrics, and masters in energy systems and in applied ethics.

Jon Creyts
Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Jon Creyts is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he leads research and collaboration activities on disruptive technologies and is the founder and co-leader of RMI’s China Program. He works with and advises governments, companies, and other thought leaders on ways to create value and scale clean energy solutions globally.

Prior to RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey & Company and a designer in both the aerospace and power industries, including a stint at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works.  Jon received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published extensively on the
economics of low-carbon strategies.

Ana Trbovich
Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation
EWF Strategy. BizDev & Cofounder, Grid Singularity

Dr. Ana S. Trbovich is the Grid Singularity co-founder in charge of strategy and business development, including legal and regulatory affairs. She teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at FEFA, a leading business school in Belgrade, Serbia, and has consulted on competitiveness and innovation policy for international organizations, including the EU and the World Bank. She has been actively engaged in Serbia’s economic reforms and the EU accession process both as a high government official and senior advisor.

From 2002 to 2006, Ana served as Assistant Minister of International Economic Relations, coordinating Serbia’s EU accession process and investment policies, and in 2013/14 as Special Advisor to Minister of Economy in charge of entrepreneurship and competitiveness policy, including regulatory reform and venture capital development. Her consultancy projects ranged from improving the business enabling environment and workforce development (USAID), public administration and good governance reforms (EU) and fostering innovation and enhanced cooperation between universities and the business sector (World Bank). She holds a PhD (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), two Masters Degrees (Master of Art in Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School; Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School of Government) and BA (Tufts University, triple-major in Economics, International Relations and French Literature). Specialized in EU policies at Science Po, Paris, France. She is the author of “A Legal Geography of Yugoslavia’s Disintegration” (Oxford University Press, 2008), “Public Administration and European Integration of Serbia” (FEFA, 2010), and many articles on good governance, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Dr. Trbovich serves on the board of the Energy Web Foundation and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), as well as several NGOs. One of her favorite is Intersection, NGO promoting science and innovation in the Western Balkans.

Team Members

Erwin Smole
Team Member, Energy Web Foundation
CSO & Cofounder, Grid Singularity

Erwin Smole is Grid Singularity co-founder responsible for sales, managing the company’s relationship with utilities, vendors and regulators. Boasting over two decades of experience in the energy sector, Smole held senior management positions in utilities, regulatory authority E-Control, and PwC. He was also engaged in strategic business advisory for government and international organizations (UNDP, EU), as well as a range of energy market entrepreneurs. Smole is a recognized expert in new business cases development in both regulated and non-regulated energy market segments. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Graz and a Master of Business Administration from the California Lutheran University, USA. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Applied Science in Carinthia, Austria.

Claire Henly
Team Member, Energy Web Foundation
Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute

Claire is a Manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute focusing on electricity and transportation sector planning and policy reform. Claire has worked at the Rocky Mountain Institute for 4 years on projects across the energy sector and the world. For two years, she collaborated with China’s central government on a national 30 year, low-carbon energy plan. For one year, Claire worked closely with the Rwandan government and utility to reduce electricity costs and increase access across the country.

Prior to starting at RMI, Claire co-founded Red Ox Systems, a fuel-cell startup, leading the company’s strategy, business development and fundraising efforts. Also in the cleantech, startup space, she consulted for Cambrian Innovation, moving the company into two new markets. Outside of cleantech Claire has worked for McKinsey & Company, BHP Billiton and Goldman Sachs. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Yale University.

Garrett MacDonald
Team Member, Energy Web Foundation
Contractor, Rocky Mountain Institute

Garrett is a contractor and Blockchain Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He focuses his work on applying blockchain technology to real-world solutions and processes which can improve global prosperity. He brings to the organization a technical blockchain background, as well as business development experience from working in the bitcoin and fin-tech startup sectors. He is an advisor to startups using blockchain technology in North America and Europe.

Before focusing on energy, Garrett founded Cognitive, the first company to develop Field Programmable Gate Array technology for hash validation in the blockchain space. During its operation, Cognitive was the most well-renowned company in the bitcoin mining industry. He served as a consultant to the German investment firm High-Tech Gründerfonds, helping determine where to allocate capital in the blockchain sector, and to the German Federal Association for Sustainability (Bundes ver Einigung Nachhaltigkeit), identifying use cases for blockchain technology.

Doug Miller
Team Member, Energy Web Foundation
Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

Doug Miller is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute applying his experience in environmental and behavioral economics to develop bold, collaborative market solutions and action-oriented research. Doug currently focuses on piloting, evaluating, and scaling use cases of blockchain technology in the clean energy sector that tackle existing pain points and create value. During his first three years at RMI, he co-founded the Residential Energy+ initiative—where he developed solutions for real estate, home performance, and media professionals to motivate, simplify, and finance homeowner investments in energy upgrades—and developed resources about transformational business models, enhanced strategies for portfolio-wide investments in commercial buildings, and roadmaps for cities to achieve ambitious clean energy targets.

Prior to RMI, Doug was an interdisciplinary researcher at Chatham House, Imperial College London, Carbon Smart, the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University—receiving numerous honors and awards for his work on a range of innovative environmental solutions.