THE UNIGEN RESOURCES LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
John is a co-founder of UniGen Resources. He has over 40 years years of industry experience, including 27 years with GE Energy and several energy startup companies. His varied experiences have given him a broad understanding of the industry from which he is able to create new solutions as the electric grid continues to change.
Dr. Merwin Brown,
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Brown’s comprehensive knowledge of electric utilities and of new and emerging utility technologies is derived from over 45 years of experience in the industry. He is the retired Affiliate Sr. Advisor at UC Berkeley and formerly served as Director of Electric Grid Research (EGR) for the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE).
Monikka De la Zerda,
Chief Technology Officer
Monikka de la Zerda is a software engineer who first began writing code over 20 years ago and became fully immersed in computers at a young age. As Chief Technology Officer for UniGen Resources, she leads development efforts for the UniGen Smart System.
Chief Operations Officer
Jordan graduated with a BA in English Lit from Dartmouth College and inadvertently took her writing & communication skills to the Bay Area world of technology marketing. She brings 12 years of experience in marketing, sales, partnership negotiations, HR, and legal across startup & corporate tech environments.
THE UNIGEN RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD
Markets and Integration Issues
Jack brings nearly 40 years of experience in power system planning and economics, wholesale electricity markets, and innovative approaches to grid modernization, as well as an international perspective.
Economic and Systems Modeling
During Mark’s long career, he’s developed deep expertise in power industry economics, power systems planning and operations, energy policy, and quantitative analysis and modeling.
For the past 14 years, Lee has been in private practice with an emphasis on electric energy and environmental consulting. Prior to that, he worked for many years with utilities and state governments in the areas of energy and environmental issues.
UniGen Resources is a group of multi-talented people with experience across sales, operations, technology development, and financial management. Our team grew out of a single-minded focus on developing innovative solutions to the problems associated with renewable integration. We witnessed these problems first-hand in our various industry roles; increasingly, we came to see solving them as the key to stabilizing electrical supply and demand to ensure the long-term reliability and affordability of the grid.
The solution to integrating ever larger amounts of renewable energy into the grid without sacrificing reliability and cost-effectiveness entails both new technology and new business models, and that’s exactly what we’ve developed.
Rather than continuing down the current path of more consolidation and centralized control, we’re disaggregating the challenges associated with renewable integration. We believe in applying some of the best approaches from other industries to our field, particularly the power of flexible, distributed solutions. That and our belief that the simplest solution is often the best one have guided the development of our technology and business model. We welcome collaboration and partnerships with those who see the future as we do.
Michael Leifman, Environmental Issues & Modeling
Michael is the founder of Tenley Consulting, a firm offering advisory and strategic planning services to corporations, multilateral banks, foundations, and NGOs on energy & environmental policy and economics, forecasting, business innovation, and “future of work,” including AI.
Mahyar Zarghami, System Integration and Optimization
Dr. Zarghami has many years of experience in research and consulting activities related to operation, control, and optimization of the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution systems. He is currently an associate professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at CSUS.
Bo started his career in high energy/quantum chromodynamic physics under the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University. He now has 15 years of experience in both hardware and software and assists with the technology development efforts and team at UniGen Resources.