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Our Team



Erik Steeb

Program Lead

Erik Steeb leads EPRI’s Incubatenergy innovation programs, connecting clean energy startups, incubators and accelerators with EPRI member utilities to accelerate our pathways to deep decarbonization of the electric power industry, modernize our electric grid and facilitate the electrification of transportation, buildings and commercial & industrial processes.
Through his career, Erik has been Chief Programs Officer at LACI, a non-profit cleantech incubator in Los Angeles; Co-Exec Director and board member of Cleantech Open; and held Director level roles in sales, marketing and business development at Intel Corp. 
Erik is a cleantech angel investor, serves on the board of Electrum and is on advisory boards for the Cleantech Open business accelerator and the CA Energy Commission’s CalSEED early stage grant program. Mr. Steeb holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management



Annie Haas

Program Co-Lead

Annie is a technology innovation and market transformation enthusiast—public relations professional at heart—focused on investigating the R&D and technology enablers that ensure a smart, decarbonized, resilient, secure, and affordable energy system that works for all types of consumers. Annie brings more than 20 years of integrated communication and marketing experience, combined with 12+ years working in fundamental and applied electric power system R&D environments, to her role as program manager for Incubatenergy. She is proud of her 7+ years with EPRI to date, and of her previous roles with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; several leading, global PR agencies; a Fortune 500 consumer goods company; and a major, U.S. CDC-affiliated healthcare system.



Anna-Lise Laurain

European Co-Lead

Anna-Lise has a holistic view of the energy industry thanks to her 9-year working experience with multinational company (ABB), electric utility (PG&E), startups (Power Assure and Bia Power), and cleantech accelerator program (Cleantech Open). Her areas of expertise include data analytics, EV, Energy efficiency & startup development.  She is also a French engineer in Fluid dynamics from INP Toulouse ENSEEIHT with a MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London with an MBA from ITU San Jose, California. 



Joyce Hawkes

Program Coordinator

Joyce oversees the details of the Incubatenergy Labs program, assisting startups and utilities with any program needs.  She is a certified Paralegal and has 10 years of experience in IT. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Science from the State University of New York.



Angie Henegar

Operations Support, Lunch and Learn Series Coordinator

Angie Henegar is a Project Operations Coordinator at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). For the Incubatenergy Labs program she coordinates contracting and the Lunch and Learn series. She works with multiple programs throughout EPRI. Prior to joining EPRI, Mrs. Henegar spent 30+ years in the customer service field. She has also worked in the medical, insurance and hospitality fields. Angie understands the importance of customer (member) service, organization, training, planning, goal-setting, and is fluent in many computer programs that are essential to her current position at EPRI. Angie received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee.



Adi Mahan

Student Employee

Hello! I am Adi Mahan, Incubatenergy Lab’s Emerging Technologies Student Employee. My role is to facilitate startup and utility connections and work behind the scenes to develop and expand our network. I am currently studying business management economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.



David Sayers

General Counsel

I joined EPRI as corporate counsel in September 2021 to support the Technology Innovation Team and Incubatenergy Labs®.  He is a licensed attorney in three jurisdictions - District of Columbia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  I  was initially trained in Mechanical Engineering and obtained a Master’s Degree in Technology Management. Part lawyer, part engineer, and part project professional, David uses these skills to grow emerging technologies into commercial