Advisory Board

G. Sandy Diehl, III | Chairman of Energy Points Advisory Board and CEO and Founder of SD Global Advisors, LLC

Mr. Diehl started SD Global Advisors in early 2012, following a 25-year career with United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) and its Otis Elevator business unit.  SD Global Advisors works with clients on strategies to increase their revenue, by focusing on globalization, product innovation, talent and business development, as well as the execution of these new initiatives.  His current clients in the building industry include building equipment OEM’s and real estate developers, who all share the vision for holistic system solutions and a sustainable future.

During his career at UTC and Otis, Mr. Diehl held several senior level executive positions.  Prior to leaving UTC, he was the VP of UTC’s Integrated Building Systems, an innovative initiative leading the collaboration of UTC’s independent commercial business units (Otis, Carrier, UTC Fire and Security, and UTC Power) to serve major global projects and customers.  In his last assignment at Otis Elevator, Mr. Diehl was Senior Vice President for Strategy and Development.  In this assignment he was responsible for Otis’ global marketing, business development, product management and communication functions. Mr. Diehl was an integral part of the Otis expansion in the China, India, and Middle Eastern markets, from 1997-2012. During his Otis career, Mr. Diehl held both line P&L management positions, as well as other senior level strategy and product development roles.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Diehl currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the American Architectural Foundation ( in Washington DC, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Advantix Systems (, in Sunrise, Florida, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Energy Points ( in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves on the board and executive committee of ACE/Mentor (

Dr. Richard K. Lester | Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Richard Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is also the founding director and faculty chair of the MIT Industrial Performance Center.  He is internationally known for his research on local, regional and national systems of innovation, and he has led major studies of productivity, competitiveness, and innovation performance commissioned by governments around the world.

His latest book, Unlocking Energy Innovation (co-written with David Hart), presents a strategy for mobilizing America’s innovation resources in the service of a decades-long transition to a more efficient, low carbon global energy system.   Professor Lester’s other books include Innovation—The Missing Dimension (with Michael Piore); Making Technology Work:  Applications in Energy and the Environment (with John M. Deutch); The Productive Edge: A New Strategy for Economic Growth; Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge, and Radioactive Waste:  Management and Regulation (with Mason Willrich).

Dr. Lester serves as an advisor to corporations, governments, and non-profit groups, and speaks frequently to academic, business and general audiences throughout the world.

Douglas I. Foy | CEO, Serrafix

Prior to launching Serrafix in 2006, Mr. Foy served as the first Secretary of Commonwealth Development in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In leading this “super-Secretariat”, Foy oversaw the agencies of Transportation, Housing, Environment, and Energy, with combined annual capital budgets of $5 billion, operating budgets of $500 million, and a total workforce of more than 11,000.

Before his service in the Romney administration, Foy served for 25 years as the President and CEO of the Conservation Law Foundation. Mr. Foy currently serves on the corporate boards of Ameresco (NYSE), Acumentrics, GreenerU, and RainBank; the non-profit boards of the Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation, Pioneer Institute, and Conservation Law Foundation; and the National Transportation Policy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Mr. Foy also serves as a Legal Advisor to the nonprofit Fuel Freedom Foundation.

David Goodtree | Co-Organizer of the Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel

Mr. Goodtree is a frequent speaker on the innovation economy at recent events organized by TEDxBoston, E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Brandeis Global Trade Summit, New England Israel Business Council, the Small Business Association of New England, and the World Class Cities Partnership.

Previously, Mr. Goodtree was VP Marketing with Akamai Technologies from the company’s pre-commercial launch through IPO, and also served as Group Director of Forrester Research, providing market research and strategic advice in telecommunications, networking, and computing.  Mr. Goodtree is an active community volunteer working with non-profits and promoting the Massachusetts economy through local innovation and global export. Mr. Goodtree is an active angel investor and board advisor in technology.

Prof. Nalin Kulatilaka | Co-Founder, Boston University

Professor Kulatilaka is a Wing Tat Lee Family Professor of Management and Professor of Finance in the School of Management at Boston University. He serves as the research director of Boston University Institute for Leading in a Dynamic Economy. He is an expert in the role of financial markets in directing investments to clean energy technologies, regularly advising corporations and international organizations on a variety of issues relating to financial valuation and technology strategy.

Professor Kulatilaka has been a feature speaker at international conferences, was the co-founder of Glaze Creek Partners LLC and International Internet Services and serves on the board of several firms. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, a Master’s degree in Decision and Control Engineering from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gregory Rueger | Senior Vice President—Retired, Pacific Gas & Electric

Mr. Rueger is a founding owner of HelioFocus Ltd. He has extensive experience in the planning, development and operation of power generating plants and transmission systems. Mr. Rueger enjoyed a 33 year career with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, serving as a senior officer and general manager over various business units for the last 17 years of his career. He retired as Senior Vice President Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer.

Mr. Rueger served as Chairman of both the Environmental and Nuclear Energy research advisory councils of the Electric Power Research Institute and as Chairman of the joint US Department of Energy and Nuclear Industry research advisory committee. He received his BS, Masters in Electrical Engineering and MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and holds professional registration in the State of California as both an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer.

Prof. Sanjay Sarma | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Sarma teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and serves as the Director, MIT/SUTD Collaboration Office. Professor Sarma Co-founded The Auto-ID Center at MIT, which developed many of the technical concepts and standards prevalent in the RFID industry today. Professor Sarma is a frequent industry speaker and serves on the Board of Governors of EPC Global.

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Ferry Award, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, and the New England Business and Technology Award. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur with his B Tech, received his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and earned his Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jill Smith | Formerly Chairman, CEO and President, DigitalGlobe

Ms. Smith brings more than 25 years of experience as an international business leader, including 16 years as CEO of private and public companies in the technology and information services markets. Most recently, Ms. Smith served as Chairman, CEO, and President of DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a global provider of satellite and imagery products and services that she took pubic.

Prior to DGI, she served as President and CEO of eDial and President and CEO of SRDS. Previously, she served as COO of Micron Electronics and co-founded Treacy & Company. She currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Endo Health Solutions (NASDAQ: ENDP), Hexagon AB (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: HEXA B) and J.M Huber. Ms. Smith earned her MSc from the MIT Sloan School of Management.