2019 State Energy Coference of North Carolina: Connecting North Carolina's diverse energy economy






Keynote Speaker Biographies

Lidija Sekaric

Lidija Sekaric

Director of Strategy and Marketing, United States Center of Competence for Distributed Energy Systems (DES)

The traditional centralized model of linear power generation and delivery through limited market monopoly conditions is giving way to a more diverse, dynamic and complex system. As a Director of Strategy and Marketing for the United States Center of Competence for Distributed Energy Systems (DES), Lidija is supporting a team dedicated to helping public and private sector companies make smart, sustainable investments in distributed energy systems.

Lidija provides strategic direction for Siemens business units on the topic of DES with strong focus on photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and advanced control systems. She participates in member organizations presenting Siemens position and expertise on the broad topics encompassing distributed energy. She provides executive-level business development support and business and regulatory research and competitor analysis.

Prior to joining Siemens Lidija served at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she managed a portfolio across renewable technologies for integrated grid approaches, aligning activities and priorities across multiple offices and DOE-wide initiatives. Her experience includes serving as the Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SunShot Initiative) within the DOE where she led the near and long- term solar program strategy, implemented improvements in grant management processes and engaged stakeholders from industrial, financial and research community to White House, Congress and other governmental agencies.

Lidija has 15 years of strategic experience, technical knowledge and high achievements in energy and semiconductor industry in addition to the federal government, with expertise in domestic and international energy policy.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, an A.B. in Physics from Bryn Mawr College and has served at the Executive Committee level on both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the American Physical Society. Lidija holds 30 US patents.

James McCall

James McCall

Global Product Supply Sustainability Leader, Procter & Gamble (P&G)

As the Global Product Supply Sustainability Leader at P&G, James McCall leads the adoption and acceleration of circular manufacturing processes across the end-to-end supply chain. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring P&G’s more than 150+ facilities around the world reduce their environmental footprint within energy, climate, water, waste and transportation. James has more than 20 years of experience across engineering, manufacturing and business development at P&G including roles within Family Care (Bounty/Charmin), Pet Care (Iams/Eukanuba) and Connect & Develop (open innovation/external partnerships). One of his recent contribution to the Company’s environmental goals was leading the startup of the $200MM+ Albany Biomass combined heat and power facility that is P&G largest renewable energy partnership to date. James received his BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and lives outside Charlotte, NC with his wife and two children.

Katherine Hamilton

Katherine Hamilton

Chair, 38 North Solutions

Katherine Hamilton is chair of 38 North Solutions, a public policy consultancy specializing in clean energy and innovation. Her firm manages a non-profit organization, Project for Clean Energy and Innovation. Ms. Hamilton is also a co-host of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media, serves on the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, and is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technology. Previously, she ran the GridWise Alliance, was policy director to the Energy Storage Association, and served as an advisor for Good Energies, a private equity company with a clean energy portfolio. Ms. Hamilton directed American Bioenergy Association, developing renewable portfolio standards in states’ legislatures, including Maryland and New Jersey. She spent a decade at an investor-owned utility, designing electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Ms. Hamilton was appointed Ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s C3E Program under the Clean Energy Ministerial. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), she worked in buildings research and government relations. Ms. Hamilton holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne.