Maurice Kaya -Senior Advisor
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Maurice Kaya joined Energy Excelerator team in 2008.  Mr. Kaya has over 35 years of experience in energy and environmental engineering in Hawaii’s public and private sectors.

Mr. Kaya served as the director of the State of Hawaii’s energy program [1988-2008], and was also appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) [2003-2008].  As energy program director and CTO, he was responsible for the planning and execution of state energy policy and projects.  Mr. Kaya also developed a comprehensive energy policy strategy for the State of Hawaii, which was implemented first through Energy for Tomorrow and is now part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a partnership between the State and the U.S. Department of Energy that he helped conceive and launch.

He has served on numerous boards dealing with energy and high technology development.  He currently serves as a board member of Energy Industries and the U.S. DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, as well as co-chair of the Hawaii EPSCoR Statewide Committee.  Previously, he served as the Chairman of the State Energy Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. DOE, and on the boards of the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, and the High Technology Development Corporation.  He also served as the Chairman of the Emerging Energy Technologies technical committee, Energy Division, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Kaya’s prior positions include Vice President and Chief Engineer of a major civil engineering firm in Honolulu, the Deputy Director and Chief Engineer for the City and County of Honolulu, and the Director of Facilities Planning and Engineering, US Navy Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor.

Mr. Kaya received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.