Dr. Andrea Kraj is CEO and President of the CORE Renewable Energy. She completed her Ph.D, M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Engineering and is a pioneering leader in developing advanced energy systems. She is a Fulbright Scholar and practicing professional engineer specialized in Intelligent Energy Systems and Microgrids for Smart Cities. She is also a board director of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) representing BTM (behind the meter) systems and a Vice President of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). With more than 20 years of experience, her work has enabled enhancements in rural electrification, community power, and less dependence on fossil fuels. Dr. Kraj’s work has supported those in remote areas such as in Northern communities, First Nations, and tropical island nations. She is an accomplished author and speaker, and hosts two podcasts, the Energy Exchange Podcast and Fempower for celebrating women in the fields of Technology, Trades, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Arts, Athletics, Mathematics, and Science to empower and inspire others. Dr. Kraj is passionate about community renewable energy, smart cities, smart grid, remote power systems, energy policy and sustainability.