Student Energy has a diverse, experienced Board of Directors to ensure appropriate governance and transparency for the organization.
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.
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 Hensman is an impassioned advocate for both education and science.
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.
Sean Collins, Director
Sean Collins is a dynamic young entrepreneur focused on making massive change to our global energy system. Sean is the Co-Founder of Student Energy, a charity with over 40,000 student members in over 80 countries. He hosts a syndicated monthly radio show called Energy Voices, has been a repeat speaker at the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Forum and was selected as the youngest members of the 2012 “Top 40 Under 40” class in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine.
Nick Blandford, Director
Nick currently manages Schneider Electric’s Global Blog Program with the goal of igniting the intelligent energy conversation everywhere energy is consumed on this beautiful planet. Over the past 10 years, Nick’s been involved with the sales, marketing, business development and communication aspects of Schneider Electric’s energy management solutions. He is a strong advocate for forward-looking and holistic energy policies & strategies, and the role they play in catalyzing the societal movement towards a profitable, successful and sustainable future.
Nick is an alumnus of both the Alliance for Global Sustainability YES programme (MIT, University of Tokyo, Chalmers University, ETH Zürich) and the World Energy Congress FELP. He has also co-founded a sustainable investment advisory company and has held analyst and research roles with several sustainability and carbon reporting organizations. Residing on the west coast of Canada, he holds a Masters of Science degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics/Psychology) from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. One more note; Nick loves having fun outside in this wonderful world.
Rhea Hamilton, director
As Ventures Director of OGCI Climate Investments, Rhea Hamilton is responsible for economically viable investments in innovative companies and technologies. Previously, Rhea was a Managing Director for a European family office heading direct investments in clean technology and renewable energy. Prior to this, she was an Investment Director at RobecoSAM Private Equity. Rhea started her career with Royal Dutch Shell, where she held various positions including CFO of Shell Hydrogen. Rhea holds a Geological Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, Spain.
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.
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.
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.