Smart Grid Experts
Smart Grid experts available to speak at industry events
Speaking topics: General utility industry, Smart Grid market, stimulus, international utilities markets
Biography: Andy joined Trilliant in March 2009, bringing over 30 years of leadership experience in the Utility, Energy, Networks and Communications industries. Prior to Trilliant, Andy served as a General Electric (GE) corporate officer, and as President & CEO of GE Nuclear Energy and guided the company through the formation of the GE-Hitachi partnership.
Andy began his career with GE in London, United Kingdom in the network communications and controls division. He has held various leadership positions within GE Power Systems and GE Energy, where the breadth and depth of his experience ranged from leading the Asia Services businesses to being the General Manager of several service divisions headquartered in the USA. During his tenure at GE, Andy has also led businesses for major infrastructure and communications projects in Congo, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Dominican Republic and Algeria.
Andy has served on 2 university advisory committees and 10 boards. Andy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bath University, United Kingdom, specializing in Power Electronics.
Speaking topics: Importance of communications technology in the energy sector, utility industry at large, wireless mesh networking and smart grid security
Past Speaking Engagements: Metering Europe, Greentech Media’s Networked Grid, Smart Grids Smart Cities 2011, the Smart Grid Roadshow, VentureBeat’s GreenBeat conference, Lazard Capital Alternative Energy Investor Summit (pdf), World Meter Design Congress and M2M Expo, among others
Rob Conant was named chief marketing officer in 2011 for Trilliant, a global smart grid communications company.
Conant began his career with Trilliant in 2007 as a senior vice president for network products. Before joining Trilliant, Conant co-founded and was vice president of marketing and business development at Dust Networks, an innovator in wireless mesh networking technology, and the originator of the Wireless HART standard for industrial wireless mesh communications.
Among his many accomplishments in his previous role at telecommunications systems provider Onix Microsystems, Conant invented micromirror technology, which established the company as a leader in MEMS-based fiber optic switches.
Conant holds a doctorate and master’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Speaking topics: Clean energy, green technology and women’s leadership topics. Lontoh is an expert recognized on Wikipedia.
Media coverage: Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue, Net Impact’s Women in Energy: Blazing Your Way to the Top, MIT Energy Conference, Women in Technology Summit, Women MBA, Silicon Valley Channel 30 TV, among others
Publications: Forbes, Fortune, MIT Review, AOL Energy, the New York Times, etc.
Biography: Sonita Lontoh is the head of corporate marketing for Trilliant, a global smart grid communications company.
Before joining Trilliant, Lontoh served as head of marketing at Grid Net, a smart grid and smart home software platform company. Prior to Grid Net, Lontoh was a leader at PG&E, a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company serving more than 15 million customers in Northern and Central California, managing the company’s strategy and marketing for its flagship smart grid, renewables and carbon programs.
Lontoh holds a Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was also a cross-registered graduate student at the Harvard Business School. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.