Glenn Drayton Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Glenn’s experience in power system modelling and economics spans over 20 years. He was involved in the design of the New Zealand, Australian and Singapore power markets, in particular the energy-ancillary services co-optimisation. Glenn started Drayton Analytics (now called Energy Exemplar) in 1999 to produce a next-generation power market model based entirely on optimisation, the result being PLEXOS for Power Systems® (PLEXOS). Glenn obtained his B.Sc.(Hons) in Operations Research, and Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Glenn manages the development team for PLEXOS in the Adelaide, Australia office. He specialises in mathematical optimisation applied to power system planning.
Founder and Chief Financial & Operations Officer
Louise heads the administration, accounts and legal functions for Energy Exemplar. Louise’s Business Management experience spans 13 years. She started Drayton Analytics (now called Energy Exemplar) in 1999 where PLEXOS for Power Systems was originally developed and released into the public arena. Having an entrepreneurial background and strong commercial acumen, Louise provides business development direction and strategy in Energy Exemplar.
Chairman and CEO
David Johnson, FAICD, Life Member Lawasia a South Australian solicitor admitted to, practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia and High Court in 1973 was appointed Chairman and CEO on July 1, 2012. He has practised in a wide range of commercial legal areas both in South Australia and interstate. Mr Johnson has been involved in a number of significant acquisitions and divestment, international trade and intellectual property commercialisation agreements and dispute negotiations in Australia, Europe, United States, China and Canada. Mr Johnson brings to the position a wealth of business and commercial experience with his successful involvement with start-ups and technology based companies.
Christos Em. Papadopoulos Ph.D.
Regional Manager Europe
Based in London, Dr. Papadopoulos was an Assistant Professor in Natural Gas Chemistry & Technology – Metrological Analysis and Management in Kavala Institute of Technology, Greece. His Research and Full Academic experience (17 years) is also accompanied by a relevant Industrial and Business development experience (8 years) in fields like Oil, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Thermo-Fluids & Power and particularly in relevant Engineering/Technology Management, Uncertainty/Risk Analysis, Modelling and Data Quality Management, Measurements’ Management (Smart/Intelligent/Complex), Applied Engineering Mathematics & Computing and Demand Forecasting & Response. He has made several publications in these fields that have received up to date more than 100 citations.
Randell Johnson Ph.D., P.E.
Regional Manager of East Coast USA
Dr. Randell Johnson, P.E. has led a global career in the power and energy sectors in M&A for private equity, power and energy trading quantitative support, planning and strategy for large utilities, and was with a major international consultancy where Randell has background in electricity markets, regulatory, public policy, and power engineering. Randell has provided leadership and management for teams for: generation and transmission interconnection analysis, expansion and capacity planning, integration of renewables and public policy, and market simulation and investment valuations. He has expertise and experience in the parameterization and application of market simulation tools for advising of planning authorities, utilities, generators, equipment manufacturers, government departments, investment banks, traders, and industrial developers. Qualifications are in Quantitative Finance (MSc) (Cass Business School), Gas and Electric Utility Corporate Finance (UConn School of Business), and Electric Power Engineering (PhD, MEng) (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).
Tao Guo Ph.D.
Manager Technical Consulting
Dr. Tao Guo is responsible for technical services including software implementation, training, support, and consulting. Tao has a strong theoretical and technical background and more than 25 years working experience in power system planning and operations. Tao’s expertise encompasses the power system simulation software development using advanced algorithms, and consulting works in the areas of Variable Generation Integration, Portfolio Optimization, and Generation-Transmission Planning. Prior to joining Energy Exemplar in 2006, Tao had been the director of the power system simulation software development for 12 years in a leading power system software company. Tao received his Ph.D. in Power System from the University of Michigan, and his Master of Engineering in Power System from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.
Wenxiong Huang Ph.D. MBA
Manager Technical Consulting
Dr. Huang is responsible for consulting projects, supporting clients, providing training and implementation. Dr. Huang has more than 20 years of experience in developing simulation/optimization software to solve complicated problems in electric energy industry. Dr. Huang was the Product Manager for Analytics for a leading software company and was responsible for software solutions that cover Market Analytics, Planning and Risk, and Maintenance Scheduling. Dr. Huang received MS and Ph.D. in System engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1990 and 1992 respectively. He completed MBA from University of California at Davis in March 2006.
Nan Zhang Ph.D. M.S. B.S.
Dr. Nan Zhang has more than 10 years of working experience in power system planning and operations. He has a broad theoretical and working experience in energy market analysis and consulting, integrated power, fuel and environmental market modeling, zonal and nodal LMP analysis, portfolio valuation and risk analysis, power flow analysis, SCADA system and advanced computer system application in power system, etc. Prior to joining Energy Exemplar, he was a project manager and product lead in Ventyx, an ABB company, managing long term and short term North American power market price forecasting, generation asset valuation, as well as related consulting and research work. He was also the Northeast regional expert, power industry data expert, simulation ready data lead, as well as a software trainer and implementation consultant. Dr. Zhang also worked for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he assisted in several project implementations in the area of power system voltage stability, probabilistic risk assessment, asset management, probabilistic load flow, wide area protection and control, etc. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, USA and his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Information Services and Dataset Manager
Mr. Hoppe serves as an Information Services Director for Energy Exemplar LLC. In this position, Ryan is responsible for the weccterm.com product and its daily price forecasts. Ryan is the primary designer of this service and is responsible for all data development, analytics, and price review. Prior to his employment with Energy Exemplar LLC, Ryan served in a similar position at PowerLytix, a leading information services that was purchased by one of its clients. Ryan has over 8 years of experience forecasting hub prices in the WECC and elsewhere in North America.
David Llewellyn B.Sc. (Hons)
Lead Software Architect
David is a key developer for the PLEXOS product, with a deep understanding of the technical and mathematical underpinnings of the engine. He has been working for Energy Exemplar (previously Drayton Analytics) since 2003. Prior to joining Energy Exemplar he worked, as a software engineer, developing real time monitoring, scheduling and optimization software for Sony. He also has experience developing software for the manufacturing, financial and entertainment sectors. He obtained his B.Sc.(Hons) in Information Technology from the University of Glamorgan, UK.