The Energy Symposium
October 17th, 2015
The Energy & Environmental Club at Harvard Business School would like to invite you to the 12th Annual Energy Symposium at Harvard Business School. Come join leading professionals and students from around the world in a high-intensity atmosphere of engagement as we collectively wrestle with the energy challenges of the future. On the boundary between conventional energy solutions such as oil and gas, and newer topics such as renewables and clean technology, the 12th Annual Energy Symposium will bring collective understanding as we build a brighter and cleaner future by leveraging the power of today’s energy experts. Join us on the Harvard Business School campus on Saturday, October 17th, as some of the industry’s leading executives, policy makers, and students engage in a vibrant discussion on the future of energy.
KeynotesExplore the future of energy as some of the leading thinkers in energy share their insights and examine our changing energy landscape.
PanelsJoin top industry experts for intensive panel discussions on the latest topics in energy. Twelve panels across four treks will convene over 60 industry experts to debate topics across the energy landscape.
NetworkingJoin the debate with your thoughts and insights as hundreds of the top minds in energy convene for informal discussion.
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The weekend of energy discussion and engagement begins at 6:00 PM ET on Friday, October 17th with MIT’s Energy Night , featuring some of the top energy research and innovation from around the country. Harvard’s Energy Symposium will take place from 8:00 AM ET to 5:00 PM ET on October 17th. In addition to hosting Harvard’s energy events, the weekend will also be home to the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest 2-day rowing event in the world. Come for the energy debate and discussion but stay for the festivities as over 200,000 spectators crowd the banks of the Charles on Harvard’s campus. A PDF of the agenda is available for download here
|Day||Time||Track-1: O&G Aldrich 109||Track-2: Cleantech & Sustainability Aldrich 110||Track-3: Energy Finance Aldrich 112||Track-4: Engaging Across Energy Aldrich 111|
|Friday||6:00-9:00 PM||MIT Energy Night MIT Museum|
|Saturday||8:00-9:00 AM||Registration Meredith Room Breakfast Williams Room|
|9:00-9:50 AM||Opening Round Table – Finding Balance, a Cleantech & Sustainability Perspective Spangler Auditorium|
|10:00-10:50 AM||Panel-1: Frontier Markets||Panel-1: Clean Technology & Renewables||Panel-1: Energy Venture Capital||Panel-1: Diversity in Energy Leadership|
|11:00-11:50 AM||Panel- 2: Unconventionals||Panel-2: Corporate Sustainability||Panel-2: Energy Private Equity||Panel-2: Legal & Policy|
|12:00-12:50 PM||Lunch Williams Room (Spangler)|
|1:00-1:50 PM||Keynote Spangler Auditorium|
|2:00-2:50 PM||Panel-3: New Technologies in O&G||Panel-3: Water||Panel-3: Strategic Energy Venture Capital||Panel-3: Power & Utilities|
|3:00-3:50 PM||Closing Round Table – Finding Balance, an Oil & Gas Perspective Spangler Auditorium|
|4:00-5:00 PM||Company Showcase & Networking Williams Room (Spangler)|
This year’s Energy Symposium seeks to dig deep into the future balance of global energy. Four keynotes with deep expertise on the issues shaping this future will offer insight into how we can collectively develop a bright and sustainable energy future.
|Opening Round Table: Finding Balance for a Sustainable Future in Energy|
|Spangler Auditorium (9:00 – 9:50 AM ET)|
|Michael Brune||CEO||The Sierra Club|
|Tom Murley||Partner, Director of Renewable Energy||HgCapital|
|Shayle Kann||Senior Vice President||Greentech Media|
|Spangler Auditorium (1:00 – 1:50 PM ET)|
|Dr. Francis O’Sullivan||Director of Research & Analysis||MIT Energy Initiative|
|Closing Round Table: Finding Balance for the Future of Energy, an Oil & Gas Perspective|
|Spangler Auditorium (4:00 – 4:50 PM ET)|
|David Reid||Chief Marketing Officer||National Oilwell Varco|
|Suzanne West||CEO||Imaginea Energy|
|L.E. Simmons||Founder & Chairman||SCF Partners|
|Alan Thomson (moderator)||Sr. Partner, Managing Partner, North American Oil & Gas Practice Leader||The Boston Consulting Group|
Opening Round Table
Finding Balance for a Sustainable Future in Energy Spangler Auditorium (9:00 – 9:50 AM ET)The increasingly participatory role of consumers in Western energy markets, combined with the need to serve the basic energy needs of a billion people in the developing world, are presenting vast new opportunities and challenges for sustainable energy. Join Michael Brune, the CEO of the Sierra Club, and Tom Murley, Director of the Renewable Energy at HgCapital, for a fireside chat with Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President of Greentech Media, on finding sustainable balance in our future global energy system.
Keynote Spangler Auditorium
(1:00 – 1:50 PM ET)One of the leading scholars on energy provides a detailed overview of today’s energy landscape and how technology is impacting the future energy landscape in the United States.
Closing Round Table
Finding Balance for the Future of Energy, an Oil & Gas Perspective Spangler Auditorium (4:00 – 4:50 PM ET)Some of the most successful players in North Amercia’s oil & gas market discuss how the industry is pivoting to face today’s mix of resource, technology, and environmental drivers. Join David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer of National Oilwell Varco, Suzanne West, a top entrepreneur in the oil & gas space and CEO of Imaginea Energy, and L.E. Simmons, Founder & Chairman of SCF Partners, for a discussion moderated by Alan Thomson, North American Oil & Gas Practice Leader for BCG, on finding balane for the future of energy.
Position: Founder & Chairman Company: SCF Partners L.E. Simmons, President of SCF Partners, founded the firm in 1989. He is responsible for guidance over the firm’s investment program and strategy. L.E. began his focus on finance at the University of Utah, where he studied Economics and at the London School of Economics. He subsequently earned an MBA from Harvard University. L.E. helped launch the Corporate Finance Department at The First National Bank of Chicago before moving to Texas in 1974 to be co-founder of Simmons & Company International, an investment banking firm specializing in oilfield service companies. Following a significant downturn in the energy business in the 1980’s, L.E. founded SCF Partners. Through SCF, he has guided the investment of over $2.5 billion in private equity capital used to build energy service and equipment companies. SCF has created 13 public companies listed on the U.S. and Canadian stock exchanges, a number of which are among the largest companies in the oil service industry today. L.E. currently serves on the boards of United Airlines and Zions Bancorporation. He is also active in the non-profit sector, currently serving on boards of or associated with the Houston Endowment, Harvard Business School, Rice University, The London School of Economics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Position: Partner, Director of Renewable Energy Company: HgCapital Tom Murley founded and leads HgCapital’s Renewable Energy Team which, with €900 million raised, is one of Europe’s largest institutional renewable energy funds. Tom has over 20 years’ experience in financing renewable and conventional power projects, working on over €5 billion of investments. Tom has several industry roles, including serving as non-Executive Director and member of the Investment Committee of the UK Green Investment Bank, chairing the British Venture Capital Association cleantech committee, co-founding and co-chairing Low Carbon Finance Group and serving as a Director of the Norwegian Wind Energy Association.
Dr. Francis O'Sullivan
Position: Director of Research & Analysis Company: MIT Energy Initiative Dr. Francis O’Sullivan is Director of Research and Analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative, and a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy and economics. His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy. He has extensive expertise regarding the production dynamics and associated economics of North America’s shale plays. His work also includes the study of global gas market dynamics and the LNG trade, and he is actively studying the implications for international energy markets of emerging unconventional hydrocarbon resource plays, particularly those in China and Australia. He has written and spoken widely on these topics, and has made presentations to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Brookings Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Governors’ Association, the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, at CERAWeek, the American Physical Society, and to a range of other academic, policy and industry forums. He is an author of the 2011 MIT Future of Natural GasStudy, and a member of the MIT Future of Solar Energy study group. Dr. O’Sullivan is also an elected member of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. O’Sullivan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked extensively in the areas of economic, investment and risk analysis, strategic planning, and operations in the private equity, oil and gas, electric utility, and renewable energy sectors. Dr. O’Sullivan received his Ph.D., E.E., and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.E. degree from the National University of Ireland, all in electrical engineering.
Position: Associate – Geopolitics of Energy Project, Author, Director Company: Harvard Kennedy School, Eni Leonardo Maugeri is currently an Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. One of the world’s foremost experts on oil, gas, and energy, Maugeri has been one of the most distinguished top managers of Eni, the largest Italian company, which is also ranked number 6 among the largest international oil companies. At Eni, he held the position of Senior Executive Vice President of Strategies and Development (2000–2010) and eventually became Executive Chairman of Polimeri Europa, Eni’s petrochemical branch (March 2010–June 2011). In 2008, Maugeri promoted the strategic alliance between Eni and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which—among other outcomes—led to the establishment of the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center in 2010. Maugeri is recognized worldwide for his books and seminal articles about energy, as well as for his part-time activity as a lecturer in some of the most prestigious universities and think-tanks. Since the early 2000s, he was among the few who affirmed that the world’s oil was neither running out nor approaching its “peak-production.” He was also among the few who predicted the revolution of shale-gas and tight oil. He has published four books on energy, among them, The Age of Oil: the Mythology, History, and Future of the World’s Most Controversial Resource(Praeger, 2006), which earned the Choice Price in the United States in 2007 and was translated into eleven languages. His latest book—Beyond the Age of Oil: The Myths and Realities of Fossil Fuels and Their Alternatives—was published in the United States in March 2010. Mr. Maugeri has also written several articles that appeared in Foreign Affairs, Science, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Scientific American, Oil & Gas Journal, and The Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Mr. Maugeri has been a Visiting Scholar at MIT (2009–2010) and a member of MIT’s External Energy Advisory Board. He also serves as an International Counselor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.) and as a member of the Global Energy Advisory Board of Accenture, and he is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (New York).
Position: Senior Partner & Managing Director Company: The Boston Consulting Group Alan Thomson is a Senior Partner and Managing Director for The Boston Consulting Group. He manages BCG’s rapidly growing Houston office, and is the global topic expert in oil and gas with significant domain experience in upstream, downstream oil refining and marketing, and petrochemicals. Alan has worked around the world with national oil companies, IOCs, and host governments on portfolio strategy, operational excellence, and organization effectiveness. Before joining BCG, Mr. Thomson was partner in the international energy consulting firm of Purvin & Gertz in Calgary and Singapore. Alan is a professional chemical engineer with over eight years of practical experience in refinery and petrochemical manufacturing operations with Shell Canada and Nova Corporation. Alan holds a BEng. Chemical Engineering, McMaster University at Hamilton, Ontario.
Position: Executive Director Company: Sierra Club Michael Brune holds degrees in economics and finance from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and came to the Sierra Club from the Rainforest Action Network, where he served seven years as Executive Director. Under Mr. Brune’s leadership, Rainforest Action Network won more than a dozen key environmental commitments from America’s largest corporations, including Bank of America, Boise, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Home Depot, Kinko’s, and Lowe’s. Since starting in 2010 as Sierra Club’s Executive Director, the organization has grown to more than two million supporters, and its Beyond Coal campaign has been recognized as one of the most effective in environmental history. His critically acclaimed book, Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal (2010), details a plan for a new green economy that will create well-paying jobs, promote environmental justice, and bolster national security. He and his wife, Mary, attribute their ongoing passion for environmental activism in part to concern that their children inherit a healthy world.
Position: President and Chief Executive Officer Company: Imaginea Energy Corp. Suzanne West is the President and CEO of Imaginea Energy Corp., a private oil company in Calgary. This is Ms. West’s fifth company, that over the past 15 years, she has successfully built from scratch. After receiving her engineering degree from University of Calgary, Ms. West spent the first 11 years of her career as a reservoir engineer and in various leadership positions in large corporations. Many of those years, she was determined to show that organizations can perform better with a different organizational model; a model based more on the wisdom of Mother Nature (collaborative, integrated, self-managing, creative, appreciating diversity). She then decided to follow the call of the entrepreneur and forge out on her own to foster this kind of culture and the success that comes from it. Imaginea Energy is her latest passion to create a new kind of energy company that values all three of Planet, People and Profits – to discover a better way of developing our resources and creating “AND” solutions and new possibilities of doing business for good. Ms. West is passionate about living a life full of well-being. She has been a fitness instructor for 21 years, trying to inspire people to enjoy being healthy. Ms. West loves meditation, yoga, reading, writing, walking with her dog and thinking of new ways to change the world. She believes that gratitude and giving back are part of life’s beautiful rhythm; that we are here to be joyful, to learn, and to make a positive difference in each other’s lives. Ms. West regularly participates in philanthropic projects that are near to her heart; those that involve children, animals, and homelessness. Ms. West has a passion for doing what others think can’t be done and a deep desire to enable people to reach their potential. She has relentlessly pursued opportunities that create value with new ideas and hard work; with an unwillingness to be afraid, deterred or defeated by circumstance. She looks forward to seeing what is possible for her, for others, for her community and for the world.
Position: Chief Marketing Officer Company: National Oilwell Varco David Reid is Chief Marketing Officer at Houston-based National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and is responsible for leading NOV’s organizations towards strategic growth. He is charged with developing the market and strategic engine of NOV across regional operations and business segments to offer their customers a most valued position in their relative markets. David joined Varco International 22 years ago. He began in the service end of the business and has lived in Scotland, California and Houston while working world-wide in a number of roles covering business development, product development, leadership and management. David Reid serves on the NOV and Schlumberger IntelliServ Joint Venture Board and the IADC Executive Board as the Vice President for Services. He also serves as the Chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and is a founding member of the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section.
Position: Senior Vice President, Research Company: GTM Research Shayle Kann directs GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the future of electricity with emphasis on solar power, grid modernization, and utility business evolution. Shayle manages the full research program and analyst team with responsibility for strategy, business development, and product development. An expert on solar markets, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, and spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia. Prior to joining GTM, Shayle was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Australia, studying the impacts of the global financial crisis on wind project finance.
Join top industry experts for intensive panel discussions on the latest topics in energy. Twelve panels across four tracks will convene over 60 industry experts to debate topics across the energy landscape. These panels will cover topics across Oil & Gas, Cleantech & Sustainability, Energy Finance, and Engaging Across Energy. a PDF of the panel schedule is available for download here
O&G Aldrich 109
Cleantech & Sustainability Aldrich 110
Energy Finance Aldrich 112
Engaging Across Energy Aldrich 111
Track 1: O&G Aldrich 109
|Panel 1: Frontier Markets|
|Ken Sample||VP Frontier Exploration and Appraisal||Chevron|
|Anish Jain||VP Finance||FTSI|
|Helge Haldorsen||VP Strategy & Portfolio||Statoil North America|
|David French||President & CEO||Bankers Petroleum|
|Jim Richardson||Oil & Gas Consultant||Deloitte|
|Panel 2: Unconventionals|
|Mark Schwartz||President||PIRA Energy|
|Alex Colosivschi||Founder and CEO||Spinnaker|
|Partha Ghosh||Senior Advisor||Schlumberger|
|Barth Whitham||President, CEO, Director||Enduring Resources|
|Robert Seber||Partner||Vinson & Elkins|
|Panel 3: New Technologies in O&G|
|Ed Will||VP Global Marketing||Cameron|
|Neal Ingram||President of Flow Measurement||Emerson|
|Roger Willis||President||Universal Well Services|
|Jeff Moss||Drilling Advisor||ExxonMobil|
|Dr. Robert Kleinberg||Fellow||Schlumberger|
Panel 1: Frontier Markets
The Next Horizon of Emerging Markets in the Oil and Gas IndustryThe continuous global surge in oil and gas demand has driven major and independent oil and gas companies, as well as the industry’s service providers to seek growth in both new geographies and on the frontiers of existing markets. However, this drive for growth has come with risks, including failed exploration campaigns, cost overruns, and regulatory actions. As a result, some investors have urged companies to be more domestically focused, or to spin off their international businesses entirely. The panelists will discuss their views on investing in frontier markets, which markets they see as most promising, which ones are less so, and how will this evolve over the coming years.
Panel 2: Unconventionals
After the Revolution: The New Reality of Unconventional Oil and GasThe development of unconventional oil and gas resources in the US has revolutionized the domestic energy industry. With shale gas accounting for almost half of domestic gas production, and tight oil having contributed to a doubling of domestic oil output, we have already witnessed a transformation of the entire energy value chain. This panel will look beyond the status quo and explore the next phase of the impact on macro and micro levels. Have recent studies on fracking put the safety debate to rest or just delayed it? Is the return of manufacturing jobs to the US reality or wishful thinking? Where in the world will the revolution strike next? Will the global impact on energy prices defeat the economics of domestic production?
Panel 3: New Technologies in O&G
How Innovation is Handling Energy’s Economic and Environmental ChallengesTechnological innovation over the past decade has facilitated the exploration and production of previously inaccessible fields. In particular, hydraulic fracturing has enabled the unlocking of massive reserves of shale oil and gas and innovation in offshore technology has facilitated exploration in highly challenging, remote environments. In response, technology is also being developed and commercialized to minimize the impact that newly discovered hydrocarbons will have on the environment. This panel will explore key technological developments in the oil & gas sector and discuss how innovation is addressing energy’s increasing economic and environmental challenges.
Track 2: Cleantech & Sustainability Aldrich 110
|Panel 1: Clean Technology & Renewables|
|David Gee||Partner and Managing Director||Boston Consulting Group|
|Lauren Burrows||Vice President||WindSail Capital|
|Tibor Toth||Managing Director, Investments||Massachusetts Clean Energy Center|
|Snuller Price||Senior Partner||E3|
|Chris Riley||President||Guzman Energy|
|Vic Shao||Chief Executive Officer||Green Garage Networks|
|Panel 2: Corporate Sustainability|
|Tara Shirvani||Transport Specialist||World Bank|
|Nadeem Anwar||Regional Manager, Social Performance||Chevron|
|Ned Harvey||Managing Director||Rocky Mountain Institute|
|Josh Garrett||Director of Communications||Equitable Origin|
|Matt Farren-Handford||Senior Manager||Ernst & Young|
|Panel 3: Water|
|Matt Silver||Founder and CEO||Cambrian Innovation|
|Carlos Riva||CEO||Poseidon Water|
|John Curtis||President & CEO||Seven Seas Water|
|Nadav Efraty||Chief Executive Officer||Desalitech|
|John Macomber||Senior Lecturer of Business Administration||Harvard Business School|
Panel 1: Clean Technology & Renewables
Growth in Clean EnergyA focused conversation led by experts on the business models, finance, technologies and policies enabling clean energy companies to grow in 2014 and beyond.
Panel 2: Corporate Sustainability
Sustainability & Corporate Decision MakingThere is a lot of talk about corporate sustainability as a priority but we still have ‘Directors of Sustainability’ without significant influence. Research and policy institutes still have to lobby hard to convince some businesses to act. How much action still requires regulation vs. altruism vs. business realities? And therefore what is the role of the regulators and lobbyists? How integrated are sustainability considerations with mainstream strategy development? Where do responsibilities end? E.g., corporate operations vs. full operations vs. supply chain (how far down supply chain?) What is the role of third party research and policy groups to partner with corporations to advance sustainable business practices? What sort of partnerships seem to make sense across triple bottom line interventions?
Panel 3: Water – Protecting our Most Precious Resource
Water – Protecting our Most Precious ResourceWith changing weather patterns, increasing agricultural needs, and new uses in energy – water has been called the “new oil” by many. What will future hold for this resource so many of us take for granted? How can technology and innovation help shape the future of water?
Track 3: Energy Finance Aldrich 112
|Panel 1: Energy Venture Capital|
|Shantanu Agarwal||Partner||Energy Ventures|
|Bill Lese||Managing Partner||Braemar Energy Ventures|
|Todd Wilson||General Partner||RockPort Capital|
|Michael Linse||Partner||Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers|
|Jarett Carson||Managing Director||EnerTech Capital|
|Joe Lassiter||Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management||Harvard Business School|
|Panel 2: Energy Private Equity|
|Charles Leykum||Managing Partner||CSL Capital Management|
|Bruce Schulman||Managing Director||NGP Energy Technology Partners|
|Olivia Wassenaar||Managing Director||Riverstone|
|David Hayes||Managing Director||Natural Gas Partners|
|Ann Fox||Managing Director||SCF|
|Joe Robbins||Principal||Bain Capital|
|Panel 3: Strategic Energy Venture Capital|
|George Coyles||Manager of Investments||ConocoPhillips Ventures|
|MJ Maloof||Investment Director||Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures|
|Andrew Lackner||Senior Director – Investments||GE Ventures – Energy|
|Henrik Holland||Principal||Shell Ventures|
|Doug Cameron||Co-President and Director||First Green Partners|
Panel 1: Energy Venture Capital
Energy Venture Capital: Investing in Innovations in EnergyEnergy venture capital is investing in solutions to today’s energy challenges and the challenges of the future. Energy VC spans the spectrum of early-stage investing in alternative and traditional energy, energy technology, energy efficiency and sustainability.
Panel 2: Energy Private Equity
Energy Sector from the PE Perspective: Current Trends and OpportunitiesThe Energy PE panel will provide a broad overview of private equity’s critical role in a number of energy subsec¬tors. The panelists will discuss the key trends and opportunities defining their past and current sourc¬ing and investing strategies, the sector’s appeal to their limited partner (investor) community, and their personal take on pursuing a successful career in energy private equity.
Panel 3: Strategic Energy Venture Capital
Strategic VC: How corporate investment is driving the next generation of energy technologiesCorporate venture capital can be a a compelling financing option for early stage energy companies looking to innovate, commercialize, and scale their technologies. Join us for a discussion with executives from ConocoPhillips, GE, Saudi Aramco, and Shell moderated by Dr. Doug Cameron from First Green Partners on the role of corporate strategic investment in energy financing.
Track 4: Engaging Across Energy Aldrich 111
|Panel 1: Diversity in Energy Leadership|
|Amy Edmondson||Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management||Harvard Business School|
|K’Lynne Johnson||CEO||Elevance Renewable Sciences|
|Katherine Hamilton||Co-Founder, Principal||38 North Solutions|
|Suzanne West||CEO||Imaginea Energy|
|Panel 2: Legal & Policy|
|Vincent DeVito||Partner||Bowditch & Dewey LLP|
|Gary S. Guzy||Senior Of Counsel||Covington & Burling LLP|
|Aladdine Joroff||Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor||Harvard Law School, Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic|
|Shawn Konary||Senior Director, Environmental||NRG Energy, Inc.|
|Panel 3: Power & Utilities|
|Paul Afonso||Co-Practice Leader of Energy, Utilities and Environmental Group||Brown Rudnick|
|Mitch Goldstein||VP, Nuclear Division||NextEra Energy|
|Sarah Wright||Partner||Anthem Energy|
|Bill Brown||CEO||NET Power|
|Ken Daly||President||National Grid New York|
Panel 1: Diversity in Energy Leadership
Panel 2: Legal & Policy
Panel 3: Power & Utilities
Abigail Shearer Robinson
Abigail Shearer Robinson is a Harvard Business School alumna with an international research and business development background spanning three decades. She is also “the succession plan” for a 175 year family tradition supporting small business development and medical innovation. Concepts of Systems Theory and Disruptive Technology influence Shearer Robinson’s perspective on business development; while she uses the principles of Green Chemistry to guide investment in product development. Two of her mantras are: “Complacency is not an option” and “Innovation is meaningless without adoption”. In 2002 Shearer Robinson cofounded Chornco, where she is leading the company‘s emergence in the five billion dollar fuel and lubricant additives industry. Chornco differentiates itself in several ways beyond superior multifunction product performance. Rather than being an added expense, the business model provides customers with substantial financial incentives for adopting Chornco product use to reduce carbon consumption and meet regulatory compliance. Additionally, potential Carbon Credits are established through Chornco’s proprietary chemical engineering delivering a cascade of measurable performance results, including inhibiting sulphur reactions during combustion as an alternative to reducing sulphur content of fuel. Shearer Robinson’s ethical viewpoints on social accountability, environmental stewardship, and sustainable business development are underpinned by her work on four continents where she has observed escalating socio-environmental complexities and conflicts: “Future global viability will be defined by success or failure avoiding conflict while: integrating human needs with managing natural resource allocation, adopting practices of complete and innovative utilization of low toxicity materials, and the ability to optimize efficiency while extending lifecycles of consumables.” “The challenge before us is how to shift from cultures of resource depletion and business models based on planned obsolescence, to ones founded on principles of replenishment and sustainably getting the most out of the least”.
Alexander Colosivschi has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer since he founded Spinnaker Oilfield Services Company in 2013. In less than six months, Alexander and his team transformed Spinnaker Oilfield from a concept into a fully operational organization which provides cementing, acidizing and specialty chemicals services to oil and gas operators in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Spinnaker’s mission is to become a “Best-in-Class” Oilfield Services Provider within its product offering by cultivating a culture of excellence and innovation. Prior to starting Spinnaker, Mr. Colosivschi served as an executive for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, where his duties included executing complex international oil and gas mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as various financing activities. Throughout his career, Mr. Colosivschi has completed over $20 billion in oil and gas mergers and acquisitions, and $70 billion in equity and debt financings for companies such as Petrobras, CNOOC, Sinopec, KNOC, Samsung, Devon, Statoil, Maerks, QGEP, Pacific Rubiales and Harvest Natural Resources. Using this experience, Mr. Colosivschi has gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the global oil and gas industry. Additionally, Mr. Colosivschi has attended graduate programs in business and law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and at Harvard University.
Andrew Lackner leads investments in the Power and Water and Energy Management markets. Andrew joined the GE energy focused venture capital team, then a part of GE Energy Financial Services, in 2007. Andrew has managed GE’s investment in over 40 companies developing promising energy technologies and disruptive business models. Andrew managed the $100MM investment program of the ecomagination Innovation Challenge, GE’s first open innovation program announced in 2010 focused on finding promising partners in the renewables, electrical grid automation, and smart buildings markets. Prior to joining GE Andrew worked as an investment professional at Columbia Capital, a VC firm based out of Washington DC focused on communications and media. Andrew has also worked as a strategy consultant for early stage companies and corporate venture capital programs at Fletcher Spaght, and in product management at MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), a business analytics enterprise software company. Andrew received his Master of Engineering Management, Bachelor of Engineering, and Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He is based in Boston where he lives in the South End with his wife Karen.
Anish is an Energy and Private Equity professional with experience driving transformational change through: mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs of non-core businesses, international expansion through joint ventures and strategic partnerships, and restructuring of internal business units and teams. He is currently focused on preparing FTS International (f.k.a. Frac Tech Services) for IPO. FTS International is the world’s largest private hydraulic stimulation (“fracking”) company with $2bn+ in annual revenue and ~3,800 employees. He has executed/lead deals in China, India, USA, Singapore, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil. He has lived in the Netherlands, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, and the USA. Anish received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Quantitative Economics from Tufts University and his MBA from the Wharton School. He has also participated in the Harvard Business School Executive Education program.
Ann Fox graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelors of Science in Diplomacy and Security in World Affairs. Ann joined the private sector immediately following graduation as an Investment Banking Analyst for both Prudential Securities and Warburg Dillon Read in New York. Ann then joined the United States Marine Corps, where she served several tours of duty in Iraq on a team that reported directly to General David Petraeus. Ann left active duty to complete her MBA from Harvard Business School. Ann joined SCF Partners, a specialized oilfield services Private Equity firm, in 2008 where her responsibilities included the evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities as well as the support of ongoing portfolio company initiatives. Ann currently sits on SCF Partners investor committee and holds the position of Managing Director based in their Houston office. In February 2013, Ann joined Nine Energy Service, Inc., SCF Partners’ largest completion services company. Ann’s focus, knowledge, impeccable credentials and broad worldview of finance and opportunities give her the perfect portfolio to serve as CFO and Vice President of Strategic Development at Nine Energy Service.
NET Power is a clean, cheap way to produce electricity from natural gas and coal. NET Power produces zero atmospheric emissions. Even assuming no value to capturing carbon, NET Power’s cost of electricity is cheaper than the least expensive polluting technologies. The technology captures carbon at no extra cost and at pipeline quality and pressure. If a value were assigned to the carbon (e.g., through cap and trade, a carbon credit or through enhanced oil recovery), the savings in cost of electricity would be even more substantial. Further, with a small hit to efficiency, NET does not need any water whatsoever. The technology has been 100% validated by some of the world’s largest corporations.
Bill is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures. Since Braemar began investing in 2003, Bill has led or co-led investments across multiple segments and stages , including EnerNOC “ENOC”, Solazyme “SZYM”, Verenium “VRNM”, Ciris Energy, Ioxus, Sirrus, Utility, EcoMotors, SCIenergy, General Fusion, Proterro, OPX BIO, Enerkem and Coaltek. He is currently the Chairmen of the Board of Ioxus and Solicore. Bill’s entire career has been focused on energy technology dating back to 1975 when he designed and built a solar panel while attending the University of Wisconsin on a National Science Foundation summer scholarship. He continued his research in alternative energy in graduate school at New York University’s Department of Applied Science before entering the marketplace in 1986 as one of the original team members of Sithe Energies, a global leader in independent power development where he worked on and managed several power projects. Following his work at Sithe he joined NPS Industries as Director of Corporate Development where he worked on a number of projects including a joint venture with Con Edison and was responsible for key customer relationships. Bill entered in the energy technology investing arena when he joined Mantis Holdings, a venture capital firm that focused primarily on environmental and energy efficiency business where he concentrated on emerging technologies for converting industrial waste streams into value added products. Bill serves on the Advisory Committee of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE). He has a BA in Physics and an MS in Applied Energy Science from New York University.
Bruce has been investing in the energy and industrial sector since 1994 and is focused primarily on later stage transactions. Prior to joining NGP ETP in 2009, Bruce worked for Allied Capital Corporation, where he led or co-led the firm’s energy investing activities. Bruce also held positions with middle market private equity firms Saw Mill Capital and JP Morgan Capital. Bruce began his career in consulting and with Bechtel Enterprises, the finance and investment arm of the global engineering and construction firm. Bruce holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard College. Bruce is the President of the Wharton Alumni Executive Board and Co-Chairman of the Wharton Private Equity/Venture Capital Association. Bruce is a board member of Living Earth, Penn Power Group and GeoDigital, and a former board member of Managed Pressure Operations.
Mr. Leykum is the founder of CSL Capital Management, LLC (“CSL Capital”), an SEC registered investment advisory firm with a strategy focused on private equity investments in small and mid-sized energy companies. The firm was founded in early 2008 and currently, through its CSL Energy Opportunities Fund I, has several de novo, growth capital, and recapitalization stage investments. Before founding CSL Capital, Mr. Leykum was a Portfolio Manager at Soros Fund Management LLC, where he managed an energy fund and sat on the board of several energy companies. Prior to Soros, Mr. Leykum worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Principal Investment Area and the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Leykum received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Economics from Columbia University.
David French is President and CEO of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., a Canadian-based, mid-sized international E&P company focused on the redevelopment of the largest onshore oilfield in Europe, the Patos-Marinza in Albania. Bankers began its operations in 2004 and has grown production to over 20,000 bopd, more than any other time in the 85-year history of the field. Over the past ten years, Bankers has invested over $1.4 billion, making it the largest foreign direct investor in Albania. Mr. French joined Bankers Petroleum as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2013 and was appointed to the Board in March 2014. Mr. French has 23 years of experience in the development and production of oil and gas fields in North America and overseas. Prior to joining Bankers, he was Vice President of Business Development of Apache Corporation in Houston, and previously was Region Production Manager for Apache Canada. Mr. French worked for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm where he specialized in energy company portfolio management and capital efficiency. His early career was with Amoco Corporation where he served in engineering and engineering leadership roles. Mr. French holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
David is a Partner in BCG’s Washington, D.C. office and leads BCG’s Energy and Utilities Practice in North and South America. With over 16 years of consulting experience, David focuses on supporting a range of energy clients and clients with a range of energy interests. His areas of expertise include power generation strategy and operations; vertically integrated power and gas utilities; oil & gas exploration and production; oilfield services; and refining and downstream distribution. David has also had a long operating career at AES Corporation, PG&E Corporation, and Baker Hughes. Most recently, David served as President of North America for AES Corporation, with P&L responsibility of 13,000 MW of generation capacity. Prior to BCG, David was a Principal with McKinsey and Company. He holds a M.S. in finance from the Sloan School of Business at MIT and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Hayes joined NGP in 1998 and serves as Managing Director. Mr. Hayes also holds the responsibility as NGP’s Co-Director of Corporate Finance. He concentrates on NGP’s transaction sourcing and execution as well as the monitoring of active portfolio companies. He specializes in transaction support for NGP’s family of portfolio companies, assisting them in accessing the capital markets when external financing is required. In addition, he serves as the Firm’s Evaluations Manager, responsible for overseeing the guidelines used in analysis and strategy. Prior to returning to NGP, Mr. Hayes was an Associate with Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC in the fall of 2000, where he focused on evaluating private equity investment opportunities in the energy and temporary staffing industries and analyzing trends in the leveraged buyout sector. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Analyst with Merrill Lynch’s Energy Investment Banking group in Houston, focusing on merger and acquisition transactions in the exploration and production and pipeline industries. Mr. Hayes received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, in 1996 from Rice University, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honor society, and an M.B.A. in 2002 from Harvard Business School.
David Reid is Chief Marketing Officer at Houston-based National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and is responsible for leading NOV’s organizations towards strategic growth. He is charged with developing the market and strategic engine of NOV across regional operations and business segments to offer their customers a most valued position in their relative markets. David joined Varco International 22 years ago. He began in the service end of the business and has lived in Scotland, California and Houston while working world-wide in a number of roles covering business development, product development, leadership and management. David Reid serves on the NOV and Schlumberger IntelliServ Joint Venture Board and the IADC Executive Board as the Vice President for Services. He also serves as the Chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and is a founding member of the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section.
Doug Cameron is Co-president and Director of First Green Partners, an early-stage investment firm focused on companies with technology related to renewable and fossil carbon. Doug’s career has spanned business, finance, and academia, including positions at Khosla Ventures, Piper Jaffray, Cargill, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2009, Doug was the recipient of the prestigious Raphael Katzen Award for his contributions in furthering the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Doug graduated from Duke University with a bachelor of science in engineering degree in biomedical engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to attending MIT, he was the fourth employee of Advanced Harvesting Systems, an agriculture start-up company backed by International Harvester. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Microbiology (SIM), and a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Doug is also a consulting professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University.
Edward E. Will is Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for Cameron International. He joined Cameron’s Drilling and Production Systems group in 1998 as Vice President, Surface and Subsea Business. Ed came to Cameron from Weatherford International where he directed corporate acquisition and business development activities. He previously served as President of the international division of the Western Company of North America and Vice President of Operations for several divisions of NL Industries/Baroid Corporation. Ed is a former Adjunct Professor, Business Strategy, University of Houston, (MBA program), and a former director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Houston. Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree from Reed College and an M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School. He resides in Houston with his wife Patricia, also a graduate of HBS (both Class of 1980).
George Coyle leads ConocoPhillips Technology Ventures investing activities. He is focused on accelerating the commercialization of technologies that improve the performance and sustainability of ConocoPhillips operations. George is a director or observer on the boards of Blue Spark Energy, Ciris Energy, Foro Energy, Lance Energy Services, Oxane Materials, Skyonic, Ziebel, and Zilift. Other portfolio companies include BiSN, drillMap, Lux Assure, Modumetal and Saltworks Technologies. He has over 25 years of experience in E&P and technology commercialization, including being President and CEO of a venture capital-backed company developing and manufacturing composite pipe for the offshore and deepwater O&G markets. George worked 19 years with Chevron, starting as a geophysicist and holding positions of increasing responsibility in business and strategic planning, information technology, asset management, new ventures and corporate venture capital. George has a BS in Earth Sciences from the University of New Orleans, an MS in Geology (Geophysics option) from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Tulane University.
Helge Hove Haldorsen currently holds the positions of VP Strategy & Portfolio and Mexico Country Manager for Statoil Development and Production North America in Houston. Helge has an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from The Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and a PhD in Reservoir Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Helge was a Second Lieutenant in The Royal Norwegian Navy and held various positions within reservoir engineering at Esso Exploration Norway in Stavanger, Sohio Petroleum Company in San Francisco and Anchorage and The British Petroleum Company in London. Helge joined Hydro in 1987 and held a number of key management positions with the company: Chief Reservoir Engineer, VP Exploration & Research and President E&P International. After the acquisition of the Houston-based independent ‘Spinnaker’ by Hydro in 2005, Helge served as the President until the merger with Statoil in October 2007. Helge has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s (SPE) Board of Directors for 3 years and he has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and an SPE Distinguished Author. He has written many technical papers and articles and has been a Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Oslo as well as a lecturer at Stanford University. Helge is currently a member of the Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board at The University of Texas at Austin, a member of the ‘OTC D5: THE NEXT BIG THING’ Advisory Board and a member of the SPE Boards of Directors. Helge was recently elected to be the 2015 SPE President.
Henrik holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. He is also a Six Sigma Academy & Company certified Six Sigma & Lean Black Belt. He started his career in telecommunications with Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica. With Shell, Henrik worked predominantly in Upstream, both in operational and business development roles. Prior to joining Shell Technology Ventures, Henrik worked as an Enterprise Supplier Manager on the development of strategic sourcing strategies and negotiating long-term framework agreements. He managed the end-to-end relationships with various Fortune 100 companies supplying Shell, driving performance and innovation.
Following the Exxon Mobil merger in 2000, Mr. Moss was promoted to Drilling Technology Advisor (Worldwide), with a primary focus on new and emerging technologies. These technologies included, but were not limited to Down-hole Tools (including Rotary Steerables), Subsea Intervention, Coil Tubing Drilling, Multi-Laterals & Intelligent Completions, and Unconventional Resources (including shales & CBM). Mr. Moss is currently serving as Senior Technical Consultant within ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company focusing on Drilling and Completions Technologies In addition Mr. Moss is an active member holding various leadership roles in the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) and AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Jeff is married 32 years, with 3 children (1 in the oil & gas industry), and 2 grand-children.
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is the Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. Dr. Holmgen currently serves on the boards of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee, the only US national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing and developing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices; EcoMotors, who are developing high-efficiency liquid fuel engines for use anywhere conventional gas or diesel powertrains are utilized; and the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels Services Foundation (RSB), where she is involved with the RSB certification process which is now accepted as one of the standards in the biofuels industry. Dr. Jennifer Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is the author or co-author of 50 US patents, 20 scientific publications and is the 2003 recipient of the Council for Chemical Research’s (CCR) Malcolm E. Pruitt Award.
Joseph Robbins joined Bain Capital Partners in 2007 and serves as a leader of the firm’s Energy practice, which he helped to found in 2011. He plays a leadership role sourcing new transactions, evaluating investment opportunities and working with the management teams of existing portfolio companies. Mr. Robbins has been an active investor in sectors including health care, technology, retail, financial services and restaurants. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., a multi-billion dollar manufacturer of powersports vehicles, and of the Board and Audit Committee of Blackhawk Specialty Tools, Inc., a specialty service and equipment provider to the offshore oil and gas industry. Within Bain Capital, he is a leader on the recruiting and training teams. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Robbins held a number of sales and operational leadership positions at Sentient Jet, Inc., a leading national provider of private jet services. He was also a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Robbins received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker and Ford Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude with an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College.
Jim Richardson is a member of Deloitte’s Energy and Resource practice, specializing in Oil and Gas related Strategy and Operations. He has 25 years of experience in the energy industry having started as a Petroleum Engineer in the UK North Sea and progressed through technical and commercial roles in drilling, production, capital projects, asset management and downstream P&L leadership. He has a track record of innovative business leadership with a proven ability to deliver results in diverse and challenging business environments and has been a trusted advisor to board level executives with one of the world’s leading energy companies. He has extensive exposure to strategy development across the upstream and downstream sectors and at a corporate level and has direct experience in leading oil and gas organizations as diverse as upstream field operations in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea to downstream lubricants businesses in Latin America during his career with Chevron Corporation. Immediately prior to joining Deloitte he managed development of fuels and lubricants for a biotechnology start-up. While there he established and was president of a base oil joint venture developing a high quality renewable base oil product for leading lubricants manufacturers. Jim Richardson lives in San Francisco Bay Area in California with his wife and three children.
A communications and marketing professional with a background in environmental and energy issues, Josh’s specialty is communicating complex problems and solutions to diverse audiences. His varied professional skills and experiences include writing, editing, public speaking, social media management, media outreach, advertising, and policy analysis. Josh is dedicated to forwarding social and environmental causes by conveying the multiple benefits of social equity and sustainability to businesses, consumers, policymakers, and NGOs alike. He brings a deep understanding of the oil and gas industry to Equitable Origin and leads efforts to communicate the company’s value proposition to producers and service providers in the sector Josh received his Bachelor’s degree in English and theater from Wesleyan University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. Josh came to Equitable Origin from The Nature Conservancy, where he served as Marketing Manager for the North America Energy Program. He previously worked with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
Katherine Hamilton is a principal at 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation. She served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Prior to that role, Hamilton was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hamilton led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. She spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Hamilton studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She is also part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media. Katherine was recently named an Ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) under the Clean Energy Ministerial.
Kenneth J. (Ken) Sample is vice president of Frontier Exploration and Appraisal for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, based in Houston, Texas. Sample joined Chevron as a Drilling representative in Lafayette, Louisiana, and has held numerous positions related to Petroleum Engineering, Planning, Commercial and Production Operations Management during his 35 years with the company. In addition to Louisiana, his work has taken him to California, Texas, England, Australia, China and Nigeria. He recently returned from Lagos, where he was director of Deepwater Exploration, Development and Operations for West Africa. Sample assumed his current position in January 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for Exploration, Appraisal and New Venture activities in all Latin American and African countries where Chevron has acquired new exploration licenses or concessions. Sample is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has held several leadership positions within that organization. He has also served as President of the Petroleum Club of Western Australia and is on industry advisory boards for several universities. A native of Alberta, Canada, Sample moved to the United States as a young child and attended secondary school and university in Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Sample is married and has two children.
K’Lynne has over 20 years experience working within the oil and petrochemicals industry for Amoco, BP and Innovene. During this time she has worked in a variety of roles covering general business management, supply chain optimization, HR management, strategy, and organizational design and effectiveness. Prior to her current role as CEO of Elevance, K’Lynne was the senior vice president (SVP) of the Global Derivatives operating company within BP Innovene, one of the world’s largest global petrochemical and refining companies. K’Lynne’s SVP role included P&L accountability for multiple global commodity and specialty chemicals businesses with revenues of $3 billion. K’Lynne’s background includes a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and a B.S. in organizational psychology. K’Lynne was formerly a Director of the TPC Group Inc. and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FMC Corporation, Board of Trustees for the Morton Arboretum, Board of Directors of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) Institute and the Board of Directors for Women in Biotech.
Lauren Burrows is a Vice President of WindSail Capital Group who joined the firm in August 2014. Prior to joining WindSail, Lauren was a member of the Power & Renewables Equity Underwriting team at GE Energy Financial Services, General Electric’s energy principal investing business with over $18B in assets, where she evaluated and executed investments in renewable energy and conventional power generation projects. Prior to joining GE, Lauren was an associate in the Investments in Clean Technology division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where she worked to develop and implement the investment thesis, programs and processes for this new quasi-public state agency dedicated to advancement of the clean energy technology cluster in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Clean Energy Center, Lauren was an associate at Wind Point Partners, a $2.5 billion private equity investment firm based in Chicago focused on middle market leveraged buyouts. Previously, Lauren was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers in New York focused on the firm’s Communications and Media clients. Lauren received an A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mark Schwartz is currently President of PIRA Energy*. Among other responsibilities he oversees the development of PIRA’s longer-range energy outlook and oil supply, demand and pricing outlook. He is also responsible for the oversight of PIRA’s training programs. He joined PIRA as a Managing Director and head of the Scenario Planning Service in August of 2002. Prior to joining PIRA, Mark was Chief Economist of ExxonMobil Corporation. In that position he was responsible for developing ExxonMobil’s economic and energy outlook, the company’s energy price forecasts, and company policy positions on a wide range of energy issues. Before the ExxonMobil merger, Mark was the Corporate Economist at Exxon International Company. During earlier assignments over his 25 years with Exxon, he worked in Exxon’s International Natural Gas Marketing, Upstream Planning, Treasurers, and Corporate Planning functions. Mark is a member of the National Business Economic Issues Council and the Conference of Business Economists and a past board member of the US Association for Energy Economics. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. * PIRA Energy is a New York based energy-consulting firm offering its clients analysis and forecasting on international oil, natural gas, electricity, coal and emissions markets. Established in 1976, PIRA has over 550 clients in 55 countries worldwide.
Matt has been with EY‘s Climate Change and Sustainability practice for over eight years. He worked with the global organization’s member firm in the UK for five years, followed by three years establishing the Middle East and North Africa CCaSS practice before joining the Americas team in April 2014. He is an accomplished sustainability practitioner who works across a broad range of energy sectors, helping clients find solutions to complex issues and challenges. His experience lies in developing and implementing programs targeted at improving business performance in areas such as sustainability strategy and reporting, environmental risk, renewable energy and carbon management. He also has a background in enriching stakeholder engagement and deriving value from sustainable decision making. He has particular experience in the hydrocarbons industry, throughout the value chain. He has been responsible for managing communications across global markets (and has travelled extensively) as part of his work with NOCs and IOCs in the oil and gas sector to deliver confidence in disclosed performance, as well as advising clients on areas such as reporting, governance, GHG emissions, sustainability cost accounting and measurement. Matt has conducted non-financial reviews for global clients such as BP, Qatar Fertilizer Company, ConocoPhillips, Rasgas, Shell, Total, Barclays, Absa Bank, Dubai Aluminum, Aramex, BAT, and Reed Elsevier, providing external assurance on their sustainability and carbon reporting as well as management insight on sustainability strategy and governance. Matt is a Certified Project Manager and holds a science degree in Environmental Management and a social science degree in Information Systems and Industrial Psychology.
Michael Brune holds degrees in economics and finance from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and came to the Sierra Club from the Rainforest Action Network, where he served seven years as Executive Director. Under Mr. Brune’s leadership, Rainforest Action Network won more than a dozen key environmental commitments from America’s largest corporations, including Bank of America, Boise, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Home Depot, Kinko’s, and Lowe’s. Since starting in 2010 as Sierra Club’s Executive Director, the organization has grown to more than two million supporters, and its Beyond Coal campaign has been recognized as one of the most effective in environmental history. His critically acclaimed book, Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal (2010), details a plan for a new green economy that will create well-paying jobs, promote environmental justice, and bolster national security. He and his wife, Mary, attribute their ongoing passion for environmental activism in part to concern that their children inherit a healthy world.
Michael Linse joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2009 and is a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund (GGF), which supports young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways. Michael focuses on advances within the transportation, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and waste industries that are shaping global markets. Before joining KPCB, Michael managed Goldman Sachs’ alternative energy investing team within the European Special Situations Group (ESSG) out of London where he was responsible for a number of ESSG investments, including the German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex. Michael joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 as an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group, dividing his time between the company’s Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices. In 2002, he joined the Structured and Principal Finance Group in London, where he focused on distressed portfolio transactions. Michael joined ESSG in 2003 to focus on German restructuring situations, then beginning in 2005, began investing in the alternative energy space. He was named managing director of Goldman’s ESSG in 2007. Michael earned a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mitch Goldstein joined Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) in August 2011 as Vice President, Nuclear Fleet Finance. Mitch reports to Mano Nazar, Executive VP & CNO, NextEra Energy, Inc., parent company of FPL. Mitch joined FPL after serving as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Clear Channel Radio. Before Clear Channel, Mitch held a number of other CFO positions across a diverse set of industries including consumer products and retail. Mitch began his career in a management consulting role, ultimately becoming Vice President and Partner at Mercer Management Consulting. Mitch holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and oneof the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
MJ Maloof has over a decade of investing, operating and consulting experience. Prior to joining the Aramco team, MJ was Director of Business Development for NexSteppe, Inc. a startup focused on the intersection of energy and agriculture. Prior to that MJ was a principal at Braemar Energy Ventures, a leading energy technology venture firm. He has worked in numerous verticals including fuels and chemicals, unconventional hydrocarbons, energy storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency among others. MJ Currently serves on the board of directors of Siluria Technologies and as a board observer to UtiliData. He has previously served on the board of directors of Proterro and as a board observer for Ciris Energy, Fractal Systems, General Fusion, GridNet, NexSteppe, OPX Biotechnologies, Solazyme, Viridity Energy, Cerion Energy and Ioxus. Prior to joining Braemar in 2006, MJ was an associate consultant with Bain & Company in New York. While at Bain, he advised clients in a variety of industries on technology, IP strategy and other internal and customer-driven solutions. MJ graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in both economics and environmental studies.
Dr. Nadeem Anwar is regional manager, Social Performance for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company (CALAEP) based in Houston, Texas. Dr. Anwar joined Chevron in 1993 as Public Health manager in Papua New Guinea. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including managerial, in Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Health, Community Development, Learning and Development, and Policy, Government & Public Affairs. Since October 2011, Dr. Anwar has led the Corporate Responsibility initiatives and supported Policy, Government & Public Affairs activities for the company’s entries into Liberia, Sierra Leone and Morocco. Before joining Chevron, Dr. Anwar worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as both a physician and an advisor in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan. He also served as a private consultant to oil and gas companies in Chad, France, Gabon, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Thailand. Dr. Anwar is a recipient of the Chairman’s Award, Chevron’s highest performance award. He holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health, with a focus on international development, from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine and a diploma in Disaster Management.
Neal’s early career included 7 years with Monsanto and 9 years with Fisher (Emerson acquired Fisher in 1992). From 1996 to 2003, he honed his experience in the Oil & Gas business as VP/GM of Fisher-Rosemount Petroleum and VP of Sales & Marketing at Daniel. He also spent 2 years during this time as VP Americas Flow. In 2008, he was promoted to President of Remote Automation Solutions, followed by his return to Boulder in 2010. Neal has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Technical University. Neal and his wife Kay live in Niwot, Colorado, along with their dog Pete. Jean, their daughter, is a Human Resources professional, and Patrick, their son, is studying at the University of Michigan.
Ned Harvey is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute. RMI is a non-profit “think and do” tank based in Colorado with a 30 year legacy in working with industry, government and other market leaders to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. RMI’s vision is a world thriving, verdant, and secure for all, for ever. Its current strategic focus speed a shift in the US Energy Economy from coal and oil to efficiency and renewables. Ned leverages his twenty years of diverse business leadership experience to Lead RMI development and fundraising efforts. Prior positions at RMI include serving as the institute’s Chief Operating Officer and Program Director for the Solar Market Transformation Program. In his early career, Ned spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office. Ned has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. He currently serves on the boards for the Harvard Business School Club of Colorado and the Colorado Clean Tech Industry.
Olivia C. Wassenaar is a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC, where she is focused on investments in the exploration & production and midstream sectors. Prior to joining Riverstone in 2008, Ms. Wassenaar was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Global Natural Resources investment banking group. In this capacity, she focused on merger & acquisitions, initial public offerings, and leveraged buyouts for energy, power, and renewable energy companies. Previously, Ms. Wassenaar was a Junior Professional Associate at The World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. Ms. Wassenaar serves on the Boards of Directors of Canadian Non-Operated Resources LP, Eagle Energy Exploration, LLC, Niska Gas Storage Partners (NYSE: NKA), Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. (TSX: NBZ), Talos Energy LLC, and USA Compression GP, LLC (NYSE: USAC). She received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Wassenaar lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
Partha S. Ghosh Senior Advisor at Schlumberger Business Consulting is a true global citizen. He is a policy advisor and a strategist for Corporates and Governments. He is known worldwide as an innovator of Business and Economic models and currently enjoys advisory relationships with multiple organizations in more than half a dozen nations. Earlier Mr. Ghosh was a partner at McKinsey & Company and is the founder/Managing director of Strategy/Policy advisory firm Partha S Ghosh & Associates. He also chaired several start-ups such as Boston Analytics, Global-Online. Dr. Ghosh helps boards of companies to be strategically more effective and corporate governance more trustworthy. In the last thirty-seven years as a professional consultant to leaderships of prestigious organizations worldwide, he has been involved in a broad spectrum of strategic and policy issues in technology based industries. He has done extensive work to assess strategic and technology issues in the Energy Industry both conventional and emerging renewable systems. Partha Ghosh believes that in the next 25 years the world economy will undergo profound changes which civilization has never experienced before. Industries and governments will need to reinvent the basic tenants of capitalism implying fundamental transformation of industry and economic models. His clients view him as a “creative problem solver” and a “visionary leader.” More recently he has been teaching Globalization & Economics, Advanced Analytics at Tufts Gordon Institute, Innovation & Strategic Technologies at the Fletcher School, and Leadership at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has two advanced Engineering(MS) and Management(MBA) degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did his undergraduate work at Indian Institute of Technology. An avid public servant, he is one of the founding members of The Boston Pledge, and is involved with multiple philanthropic initiatives around the world. Given his wide range of interests from education reforms, philosophy, international relationships, science & engineering, energy, ecology & ethics, business & economics, country management, public service, and his experience across cultures and industries, people who know him well, describe him as “modern day renaissance man”.
Paul Afonso is Co-Practice Leader of the Firm’s Energy, Utilities and Environmental Group, and also co-leads the Boston Government Law and Strategies Group. With 20 years of energy, legislative and regulatory experience and a strong background in international trade law, Paul is noted for his expertise in regulatory policies and legislation related to electricity, gas, water, cable television, telecommunications, pipeline engineering and safety, railway, trucking and bus services. Paul has served as a trusted advisor and counselor to senior energy and technology executives, venture capital groups and investors, project developers and city, state and federal governmental entities. Paul served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE) from 2003 to 2005, and remained on the DTE board as a commissioner until joining Brown Rudnick in June 2006. While at the DTE, Paul also served as Chairman of the Energy Facilities Siting Board, the agency charged with reviewing major generation, electric transmission, gas storage facilities and certain gas pipelines. This agency also represents the Commonwealth before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on projects within Massachusetts that are subject to that agency’s jurisdiction. As Chairman, he oversaw the review of a key petition for the Cape Wind project, the nation’s first major off-shore wind project. He also led the review of a major infrastructure project with a 345 kV electric transmission line into the greater Boston area. Paul is also the former General Counsel for the Massachusetts DTE, where he acted as chief legal and policy advisor to the chairman and commissioners. In this role, he helped oversee state regulatory policies, governing rates and quality of service for electric generation, gas supply, telecommunications, cable television and transportation.
Robert’s principal areas of practice are private equity and privately negotiated mergers and acquisitions. He has represented numerous investment funds as well as corporate clients in different sectors of the energy industry. Robert’s extensive private equity experience covers the full transactional cycle of investment funds. He advises investors and sponsor groups on key phases ranging from fund formation to acquisitions, recapitalizations, minority investments, complex equity arrangements, and exits. He also represents European and other overseas investors and companies on transactions in the United States. Robert’s goal as a deal lawyer is to be pragmatic and solution-oriented. He attempts to make complex legal transactions more transparent for business audiences and frequently speaks at industry conferences. He teaches a class on “Energy Deals” at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.
Roger is currently the President of Universal Well Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. Universal provides hydraulic fracturing, nitrogen, cementing, and acid pumping services in the Appalachian Basin. Roger has been with Universal since 1984 and has had a career in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years. Prior to his tenure at Universal Well Services, Roger was successful in many aspects of the industry including drilling completions and geologic services. A few of his professional affiliations include Past President of the Independent Oil & Gas Assoc of New York; past Chairman of the E&P Committee for the Independent Oil & Gas Assoc of Pennsylvania; and memberships with the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia oil and gas associations. He also sits on the Boards of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA). Roger holds a patent and has authored many SPE papers on topics from well control for air drilling to hydraulic fracturing diagnostics. He earned a B.S. in Geology from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Wright is a Partner at Anthem Energy. She has over 25 years of senior management experience in private equity, investment banking and energy companies. Ms. Wright joined Goldman Sachs in 1998, and helped to launch Goldman Sachs Power, the firm’s initial entry into electricity commodity markets, including the successful development of Constellation Power Source, a joint venture with Constellation Energy Group. In 2001, she became part of the senior management team at Constellation, and held various roles within its commodity trading, investing and risk management unit, leading the development and execution of a wide range of investments. In 2005, Ms. Wright helped to establish Energy Capital Partners where she was a Partner, and served on the Board of Firstlight Power Holdings. She co-founded Anthem in 2010. Ms. Wright also serves as a Director and Investment Committee Member of Hull Street Capital; a Director of Ware River Power, Inc.; and a trustee of Sidwell Friends School. She received a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Shantanu is a Partner at Energy Ventures, a leading oil and gas focused Venture Capital/Growth Capital firms. He has also founded Oscomp Systems, a startup in the gas compression domain. He focuses on investments in innovative, growth and technology opportunities in the energy sector. He has deep expertise in Oilfield Services with experience in fieldwork, managing operations and business development/sales for Schlumberger. Prior to his MBA from Harvard University, Shantanu was with Schlumberger leading the sales and marketing role in North-West Europe (All of Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Mauritania). He has worked with McKinsey Climate Change Special Initiative, consulting to various US utilities and energy firms in the past. He has also worked with California Clean-energy venture capital firm evaluating the solar and battery spaces in the past. Shantanu has a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.
Shayle Kann directs GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the future of electricity with emphasis on solar power, grid modernization, and utility business evolution. Shayle manages the full research program and analyst team with responsibility for strategy, business development, and product development. An expert on solar markets, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, and spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia. Prior to joining GTM, Shayle was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Australia, studying the impacts of the global financial crisis on wind project finance.
Mr. Price leads E3’s distributed energy resources and climate policy areas. He has more than 20 years of experience supporting state, utility, and federal government clients with renewable resource evaluation, distributed generation, energy efficiency and utility resource planning. Under his direction, the E3 team has recently completed or has underway assessment of net energy metering and distributed solar cost- effectiveness in several states across the country including California, New York, Nevada, South Carolina, and Hawaii. Mr. Price is also co-author of the 2012 paper in Science exploring pathways for California to meet the deep GHG reductions called for by 2050 of 80% below 1990 levels, and manages the team working on the United Nations Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP). Mr. Price has an M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University (’97) and a B.S. in Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College (’93).
Suzanne West is the President and CEO of Imaginea Energy Corp., a private oil company in Calgary. This is Ms. West’s fifth company, that over the past 15 years, she has successfully built from scratch. After receiving her engineering degree from University of Calgary, Ms. West spent the first 11 years of her career as a reservoir engineer and in various leadership positions in large corporations. Many of those years, she was determined to show that organizations can perform better with a different organizational model; a model based more on the wisdom of Mother Nature (collaborative, integrated, self-managing, creative, appreciating diversity). She then decided to follow the call of the entrepreneur and forge out on her own to foster this kind of culture and the success that comes from it. Imaginea Energy is her latest passion to create a new kind of energy company that values all three of Planet, People and Profits – to discover a better way of developing our resources and creating “AND” solutions and new possibilities of doing business for good. Ms. West is passionate about living a life full of well-being. She has been a fitness instructor for 21 years, trying to inspire people to enjoy being healthy. Ms. West loves meditation, yoga, reading, writing, walking with her dog and thinking of new ways to change the world. She believes that gratitude and giving back are part of life’s beautiful rhythm; that we are here to be joyful, to learn, and to make a positive difference in each other’s lives. Ms. West regularly participates in philanthropic projects that are near to her heart; those that involve children, animals, and homelessness. Ms. West has a passion for doing what others think can’t be done and a deep desire to enable people to reach their potential. She has relentlessly pursued opportunities that create value with new ideas and hard work; with an unwillingness to be afraid, deterred or defeated by circumstance. She looks forward to seeing what is possible for her, for others, for her community and for the world.
Dr. Tara Shirvani currently works for the Energy and Transport Unit of the World Bank Group, with a focus on designing climate-resilient and low-carbon transport and energy policies for developing countries. Through her diverse work experience at the Climate Policy Unit of the World Bank, the United Nations office in Iran, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, she strengthened her practical understanding for the need to transform oil-based economies into information-based ones as finite fossil fuel resources are being depleted. Dr. Shirvani is fluent in German, English, French and Farsi and has experience working in low to middle income countries such as Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, China and Georgia. In 2012 she was nominated as a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper for her passion and contributions to the field of energy policy and sustainability. Dr. Shirvani has several featured articles in The Economist, The Times of London and New Statesman magazine on a variety of topics ranging from Alternative Fuels to the Arab Spring movement. She holds a MPhil degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil degree in Fuel Technology from the University of Oxford.
Tibor has over 20 years of private equity & venture capital investment and entrepreneurial experience, including the last four years in the clean energy sector. Currently, Tibor heads the Investments Division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). MassCEC invests equity and debt in early-stage and growing clean technology companies, provides incentives for the adoption of renewable energy, and develops programs to prepare workers for the next generation of clean energy jobs. Previously, Tibor worked with FATE Consortium, Babson Capital, Ascent Venture Partners, Lee Capital and Berkshire Partners. Tibor holds an SB in Management Science from MIT, and completed the Masters of Management and Manufacturing (MMM) program at Northwestern University, receiving an MBA from the Kellogg School and an engineering master’s degree from the McCormick School.
Stoddard M. “Todd” Wilson is a General Partner of RockPort Capital Partners, a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in the areas of alternative and traditional energy, mobility, and sustainability. Following two years with AT&T during which he held both technical and sales and marketing positions, Todd began his operating career in small businesses. As the Director of External Affairs at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, he managed the revenue generating departments resulting in the successful turnaround of this private secondary school. He later served as a general manager in a manufacturing business where he was responsible for multiple aspects of a growth stage company. Todd began to focus on a range of technologies in the energy and environmental sectors upon joining RockPort in 1998. He earned degrees in Economics and History from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Todd currently serves on the boards of RockPort portfolio companies, EcoSMART Technologies and FirstFuel Software. Previous board responsibilities include Enphase Energy (ENPR), HighPoint Data Systems and Davidson Instruments, among others.
Chris Riley co-founded Guzman Energy and serves as President. Mr. Riley is an experienced entrepreneur and finance executive and has served concurrently as Director of Investment Banking for Guzman & Company, a boutique investment bank focused on the energy & power industries, since 2012. In his role as President, Mr. Riley oversees all business operations, strategies, and new initiatives for Guzman Energy in both Coral Gables and Denver. Mr. Riley’s experience in the energy sector dates back to 1995 where he graduated with honors from the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL. Mr. Riley went on to serve as both Chief Engineer of a guided missile destroyer, where he oversaw the operation of the electrical and propulsion systems, as well as the Commanding Officer of a costal patrol warship, on which he was forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Mr. Riley holds a B.S. degree with merit from the United States Naval Academy, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Leonardo Maugeri is currently an Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Chairman of the U.S. based hedge fund “Ironbark Investment”. One of the world’s foremost experts on oil, gas, and energy, Maugeri has been one of the most distinguished top managers of Eni, the largest Italian company, which is also ranked number 6 among the largest international oil companies. At Eni, he held the position of Senior Executive Vice President of Strategies and Development (2000–2010) and eventually became Executive Chairman of Polimeri Europa, Eni’s petrochemical branch (March 2010–June 2011). In 2008, Maugeri promoted the strategic alliance between Eni and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which—among other outcomes—led to the establishment of the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center in 2010. Maugeri is recognized worldwide for his books and seminal articles about energy, as well as for his part-time activity as a lecturer in some of the most prestigious universities and think-tanks. Since the early 2000s, he was among the few who affirmed that the world’s oil was neither running out nor approaching its “peak-production.” He was also among the few who predicted the revolution of shale-gas and tight oil. He has published four books on energy, among them, The Age of Oil: the Mythology, History, and Future of the World’s Most Controversial Resource(Praeger, 2006), which earned the Choice Price in the United States in 2007 and was translated into eleven languages. His latest book—Beyond the Age of Oil: The Myths and Realities of Fossil Fuels and Their Alternatives—was published in the United States in March 2010. Maugeri has also written several articles that appeared in Foreign Affairs, Science, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Scientific American, Oil & Gas Journal, and The Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Several of Maugeri’s forecasts about oil & gas, albeit controversial, have eventually turned extremely accurate. In the last few years, for example, his seminal works for Harvard “ “Oil, the Next Revolution. The Unprecedented Upsurge of Oil Production Capacity and What It Means for the World” (2012) and “The Shale Oil Boom: A U.S. Phenomenon” (2013) predicted almost exactly both the risk of an oil price fall, and the upsurge of US shale production well beyond what expected by the majority of experts. He is now about to publish a new study under the Harvard flag on the evolution of US shale gas and myths and reality of the global gas market. Maugeri has been a Visiting Scholar at MIT (2009–2010) and a member of MIT’s External Energy Advisory Board. He also serves as an International Counselor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.) and as a member of the Global Energy Advisory Board of Accenture, and he is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (New York). Maugeri also works as a consultant and advisor to several companies and investment funds.
Michael Murphy is the Senior Business Development Manager for Water Innovation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in Boston. Michael is responsible for formulating and delivering on the vision and strategy of the Water Innovation Program at MassCEC. Michael plays a key leadership role for the Commonwealth in the ongoing development of the water technology and innovation cluster known as the New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN). Additionally, Michael is leading MassCEC efforts to build water technology focused international partnerships while also collaborating on water technology initiatives in the Commonwealth amongst a spectrum of stakeholders from the public, academic, investment, non-profit, and private sectors. Prior to joining MassCEC in April 2013, Michael held several positions at the World Bank supporting the $2.5 billion Water Supply and Sanitation portfolio for Latin America. Previous roles include The Pacific Institute, The Global Environment Facility, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Peace Corps.
Carlos Riva joined Poseidon as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in 2011. Mr. Riva has over 25 years of experience in infrastructure project development and finance. He has extensive knowledge in growing new companies and leading technologically sophisticated businesses in the fields of renewable energy, electric power generation, biotechnology, engineering, and construction. Prior to joining Poseidon, Mr. Riva was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Verenium Corporation, an industrial biotechnology company dedicated to commercializing next generation biofuels and specialty enzymes. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Amec Group, Ltd. a major British engineering and construction firm. Mr. Riva has also had extensive experience in the electric power industry, having served as the founding Chief Executive of Intergen and as President of J. Makowski Company, developer of the first independent power project in the United States. In these roles, he oversaw the development of over 17,000 megawatts of greenfield electric power generation projects worldwide. Mr. Riva holds B.S. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Curtis, President & Chief Executive Officer of Seven Seas Water Corporation, is a founder and senior officer who has led the Company’s rapid expansion since its inception in 2007. Mr. Curtis is responsible for setting and executing Seven Seas Water’s comprehensive plan for international growth in and beyond the Caribbean. Prior to his tenure at Seven Seas Water, Mr. Curtis was Vice President Strategy, Operations and Treasurer for Ionics Incorporated, a public (NYSE), international water company. He was instrumental in the successful turn-around of Ionics overseeing the transformational acquisition of Ecolochem Group in 2004, and he played a leadership role in the sale of Ionics to GE in 2005 for $1.1 billion. Prior to his foray into the water industry, Mr. Curtis had a successful career with Ernst & Young LLP that spanned over 30 years. He held multiple roles in the international practice of the Firm, rising to the level of Senior International Partner. Mr. Curtis maintains an active commitment to service for not-for-profit organizations – acting as a Member of both the Finance Committee of the Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, Boston and the Boston College Fund Steering Committee. Mr. Curtis served for over 15 years as Trustee, Treasurer and a Member of the Executive Committee of the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Curtis John attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, is a graduate of Boston College, and holds a master’s degree from New York University Graduate School of Business.
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. He is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and remains a principal in several real estate partnerships. John serves or has served on the boards of Young Presidents Organization International (YPO), Boston Private Bank, and Mount Auburn Hospital. Mr. Macomber is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Mathematics in the Social Sciences) and Harvard Business School.
Joe teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation in Business, Energy and Environment in the MBA Program as well as courses in the Executive Education Program. He is Faculty Chair of the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab. His academic and professional work focuses on high-potential ventures, including both those formed as new companies and those formed within existing organizations. From 1994 to 1996, Joe was President of Wildfire Communications, a telecommunications software venture backed by Matrix Partners and Greylock Management. From 1977 to 1994, Joe was a Vice President of Teradyne (NYSE/ automatic test equipment) and a member of its Management Committee. Joe joined Teradyne in 1974 as a Product Manager while on sabbatical from MIT. As a general manager, he was responsible for organizations ranging from start-ups to international, multi-plant businesses. As an individual contributor, he was best known for his work on product development/ sales management problems and on the application of TQM methods to business planning and control. Joe began his career at MIT’s Department of Ocean Engineering as an Instructor in 1970 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1972. He developed and taught a course on marine mineral resource economics. He lectured in hydrodynamics, marine transportation, and computer simulation modeling. In a joint program with Harvard Law School, he lectured on marine legal / regulatory policy. His research focused on forecasting economic and environmental consequences of offshore oil and gas development. He was appointed to the MIT-led National Academy of Engineering study on the future of engineering education. Joe received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT and was awarded National Science, Adams and McDermott Fellowships. He was elected to Sigma Xi.
Vincent DeVito, a partner in Bowditch & Dewey’s Boston office, representing utilities, corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs in the energy and technology sectors. Mr. DeVito is experienced in issues involving traditional and renewable energy development and corporate governance. Mr. DeVito has conducted briefings with members of the President’s Cabinet, governors, ambassadors, members of Congress, and corporate leaders. Mr. DeVito currently serves as Director of the Institute for Energy and Sustainability in Worcester, sits on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Midwest Institute in Washington, DC, and is also a Member of the Board of the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England. Mr. DeVito has worked in the general counsel’s office of the U. S. Department of Energy and has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs. Mr. DeVito was counsel to the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force that was established as a result of the electricity blackout in August 2003. Mr. DeVito also served as an energy lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts within the legislature and at the Department of Public Utilities. Mr. DeVito is a founding member of the American Bar Association’s State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee.
Robert L. Kleinberg has been employed by Schlumberger since 1980 and is a Schlumberger Fellow, one of about a dozen who hold this rank in a workforce of 120,000. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S. Chemistry, 1971) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D. Physics, 1978). From 1978 to 1980 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory in Linden, NJ. At Schlumberger he has worked on geophysical applications of ultrasonics, electrical resistivity, nuclear magnetic resonance, and gravimetry. Recent activities include applied research on heavy oil, gas hydrate, gas shale, tight oil, and oil shale reservoirs. He advises Schlumberger senior management on long-range planning, and has served on or advised numerous government and academic committees on energy policy. Dr. Kleinberg has authored more than 100 academic and professional papers, holds 34 U.S. patents, and is the inventor of several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis. Schlumberger is a leading oilfield service company, engaged in all phases of oil and gas exploration and production. These include reservoir delineation and characterization by seismic and borehole geophysical techniques, directional and horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and fracture monitoring, and produced water reuse.
Vic is Chief Executive Officer of Green Charge Networks. Vic is the visionary and driving force behind the company’s overall direction and product strategy. He leads the development of its core technology and system infrastructure. Since 2009, Vic has been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy and Fortune 500 companies on a ROI-driven energy storage appliance for the private sector, complementary to solar PV. With more than 15 years experience in software development and complex system implementation, Vic is passionate in applying software to improve power efficiency. He started his high tech career with Oracle Corporation, eventually leading engineering and product teams in Oracle’s middleware division. Prior to co-founding Green Charge Networks, Vic held engineering and management positions at several cloud computing software companies. He holds more than 12 published / granted patents in cloud computing and power efficiency. Vic holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UC Berkeley and an engineering degree from the University of Virginia, magna cum laude.
Matt is founder and CEO of Cambrian Innovation Inc., a leader in developing biotechnology solutions that extract energy from water. Cambrian’s flagship technology, EcoVolt, enables the food and beverage industry to cut water and energy costs by simultaneously treating wastewater and generating energy. Matt has led Cambrian from inception through successful commercial penetration, scaling and validating its bioelectric technology with partners ranging from NASA and the Department of Defense to Lagunitas Brewing Company and Clos du Bois Winery. Under Matt’s leadership, Cambrian has raised two equity rounds, won over 15 peer-reviewed government grants, and earned selection as a 2015 Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Matt received a Doctorate in Engineering Systems and two Master’s degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Technology & Policy from MIT.
Mr. Efraty co-founded Desalitech and has led the company since 2008. Under his management, Desalitech has raised two rounds of venture capital funding; built a world class international team; designed, demonstrated and commercialized a line of next-generation water treatment products; and established itself as the leader in high efficiency water and wastewater reverse osmosis solutions. In the process, he has become a recognized expert and visionary in the global desalination and water reuse markets. Mr. Efraty has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science, both graduated Summa Cum Laude. His professional experience includes R&D project management, technology leadership and technical sales.
Jarett has been investing and advising on investments in energy and energy technology companies and projects for 14 years. Prior to joining EnerTech, Jarett was a Partner at Sound Energy Partners, an energy focused hedge fund group where they launched one of the first alternative energy hedge fund products. The Sound Energy Alternatives Fund invested globally, in public and late-stage private companies, in the energy technology sector. Previously, he was Director, Energy Technology Research, at RBC Capital Markets, which he joined in 2000 to cover the oil and gas industry. In 2001 he launched RBC’s efforts in energy technology research and was responsible for advising public and private market investment managers and companies on a global basis. Prior to joining RBC, Jarett worked six years in various engineering and project management positions in upstream oil and gas, refining and chemicals – the final four with Chevron. Jarett received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University.
Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is the author or editor of three books, including Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), 80 research articles and chapters, and 40 Harvard Business School case studies. Edmondson’s recent awards include the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior awarded by the Academy of Management OB Division for the most significant article published in 2011, and being named by Thinkers50 as one of the 50 most influential thinkers in management. Details at www.people.hbs.edu/aedmondson.
Gary S. Guzy
Gary S. Guzy brings three decades of experience in environmental law, regulation, and public policy through his leadership in government, business, and academia. He is skilled at creating strategic partnerships and is known for bringing together diverse groups and resolving challenging public policy controversies through his close work with industry and environmental community leaders. Mr. Guzy recently served as Deputy Director and General Counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this position, he helped develop and guide the Obama Administration’s environmental, public health, and clean energy agenda, bringing business insights to government policy and coordinating policy across government agencies, including leading negotiations to double fuel economy requirements and impose stringent greenhouse gas limits with the agreement of the automotive industry. Mr. Guzy was General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Counselor to the EPA Administrator during the Clinton Administration. He served as a member of the Administrator’s senior policy team, setting regulatory, legislative, and communications strategy. Additionally, Mr. Guzy has served in the private sector as the chief legal officer for APX, Inc. and directed sustainability and climate strategy for Marsh, Inc. Mr. Guzy received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University and a J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Aladdine Joroff is a staff attorney and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, where she develops and works on projects involving cutting-edge environmental and energy issues. She guides students in the creation of client strategies and performance of litigation, regulatory and policy matters at the national, state and local levels. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, Aladdine maintained an environmental and land use practice at the Boston offices of Beveridge & Diamond, PC and Goodwin Procter, LLP that involved counseling private and public entities on permitting, operating and regulatory issues, and advocating in policy, rulemaking and litigation matters on behalf of energy sector participants and others. She has worked with companies to develop climate change compliance strategies and market opportunities, and advised on the development, acquisition and strategic management of traditional and renewable energy facilities and technologies. Aladdine is a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kenneth D. Daly, CFA, is the President of the New York business of National Grid, which serves 4 million natural gas and electric customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Upstate New York. Mr. Daly joined National Grid’s predecessor, Brooklyn Union, which later became KeySpan, in 1988 as a Management Trainee in the Customer Relations Department. Ken was recently based in London, serving for 2 years as Global Financial Controller, and has held numerous positions in Finance, Human Resources and Customer Relations throughout his 25 year career. Mr. Daly graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in English in 1988 and has earned both an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University. He achieved the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002. Mr. Daly is a member of the (SFC) Saint Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor at SFC, teaching human resource, business and finance courses for 20 years. He has been the Director of the St. John’s University Executive-in-Residence Program since 1992. He is the past Chairman of the Kingsborough Community College Board of Directors and a former member of Junior Achievement Board of Directors and United Way Campaign Co-Chair. Mr. Daly is also a member of the David Rockefeller ‘Fellows Program,’ the Long Island Energeia Partnership, the British American Business Council Board and Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center Board (AERTC.). Ken is currently attending the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Mr. Daly lives in New York with his wife, Laurie, and their four young children.
Mr. Konary has over 20 years of experience in the energy, electric power, renewable and cogeneration industry. As the Senior Director of Environmental for the East Region of NRG he is responsible for environmental policy, legislative, regulatory and compliance matters, which includes energy production facilities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia and Ohio. Previously, Mr. Konary worked for Commonwealth Energy (now NSTAR and Northeast Utilities), overseeing environmental policy and environmental compliance permitting, initiatives and activities. His career experience includes facility permitting, federal and state agency interaction, permit negotiations, environmental advocacy group participation, and testifying at various regulatory and legislative proceedings relative to environmental issues for energy production, electric generation and power supply projects. Mr. Konary is on the Board Member of the Northeast Energy Commerce Association, active in the New England Power Generators Association, the Independent Power Producers of New York, and the Energy and Environmental Alliance of New York. Mr. Konary earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.
Meet with executives and recruiters from leading energy companies and innovative energy start-ups in our company showcase. The 11th Annual Energy Symposium concludes with a showcase and networking event that will feature top energy companies and exciting new startups. Check out our
The Harvard Energy Symposium is held annually on the Campus of Harvard Business School. Registration takes place in the Williams Room of Spangler Hall at 117 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02163. This year’s event will occur the same weekend as the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, which draws over 200,000 participants and spectators every year. As a result, conference participants are encouraged to make travel arrangements early. A map of the area and a map of campus can be found here. A map of Harvard Business School can be found here.
AIR: Campus is about 25 minutes ($35 taxi) from Boston Logan International Airport. TAXI: If arriving by taxi, tell the driver “Harvard Business School”. CAR/PARKING: Parking is provided on a first come, first served basis in the parking lot behind Spangler. The address of the lot is 117 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02163. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The nearest T stops are Harvard Square (10 minute walk) or Central Square (15 minute walk) on the red line. The #70 or #70a bus provides transit from Central Square (get off at Genzyme, the first stop after cross the Charles River). BY FOOT: Cambridge is very accessible walking city. To walk to campus from Cambridge, take JFK Street, Western Ave or the Weeks Footbridge.
The closest hotels to Harvard Business School are: Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston 400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA (617) 783-0090 The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA (617) 864-1200 Sheraton Commander Hotel 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA (617) 547-4800 The Inn at Harvard 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (617) 491-2222
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