Speaker Bios

 

Ric Abel

Ric Abel is a Managing Director in Prudential Capital Energy Partners. Prior to this role, Ric was a Managing Director of Prudential Capital Group’s Energy Finance Group: Power unit. Ric joined Prudential in 1989, and had held various positions within Prudential Power Funding Associates before joining Prudential Capital Group in 1996. He then joined the Energy and Corporate Finance office as a team leader in 1998 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2004, when he started managing the power group. Ric received a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School. He is currently a member of the Energy, Development and Global Environment (‘EDGE’) Advisory Board at Duke University’s Fuqua School.

 

 

Guillermo Garcia Alcocer

The Mexican Senate appointed Guillermo García Alcocer Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) on April 28, 2016. His seven-year term mandate was confirmed with 97 votes in favor, 2 against and 2 abstentions. Mr. García Alcocer has over 10 years of experience in the energy sector, focusing on technical and economic regulation, public policy design, program evaluation and business development. He actively participated in the technical group responsible of drafting and proposing the 2013-2014 Energy Reform. He also coordinated the supporting research behind the 2008 Energy Reform.

Prior to his appointment at CRE, Guillermo held different positions at the Ministry of Energy, where he last served as Head of the Hydrocarbons Exploration and Extraction Unit. Between 1995 and 2007, Mr. García Alcocer took on several responsibilities at the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) and the National Savings and Pension System Commission (CONSAR).

Guillermo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He has also undertaken postgraduate courses at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard and George Washington.

In 2001, he was awarded the Banamex National Prize on Economics, as well as the ExITAM Research Award for his thesis.

 

 

Caldwell Bailey

Mr. Caldwell Bailey has joined Hi Crush. He specializes in the unconventional oil and gas supply chain, with particular emphasis on hydraulic fracturing services. Previously, as the leader of the IHS PumpingIQ product, he analyzed the worldwide fracturing services market, and he also contributes to the ProppantIQ, WaterIQ, and other products as appropriate. Mr. Bailey maintains contact with a wide range of industry stakeholders; he provides insight and timely updates to IHS Energy subscription and consulting work based on conversations with oilfield personnel, from roustabouts to senior executives. Mr. Bailey also regularly contributed to IHS Energy insights for the Climate Strategy Dialogue team, covering new or updated regulation of the US oil and gas industry. Mr. Bailey also worked in Washington, DC, where he advised clients on oil and gas sector regulation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Rhode Island, US, and a Master of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC, US.

 

 

Jason Blumberg

Jason is CEO & Managing Director of Energy Foundry, a venture capital fund focused on building groundbreaking energy innovations, where he sets the firm’s vision, leads its investment activities, and advises its entrepreneurs. He is Executive Director of ISEIF, the nation's largest independent smart grid consumer education fund. Jason is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he leads its energy and cleantech lab course.

He a Board member of multiple companies and is on the Advisory Boards of a number of leading industry organizations.

Prior to co-founding Energy Foundry, Jason co-founded Energy Results, where he was the company’s CEO. At Energy Results he built a leading energy business, which gained market traction and was adopted by industry leaders such as Best Buy. Before co-founding Energy Results, Jason worked at McKinsey & Co. where he was a member of the firm’s Energy & Climate Change leadership teams.

Earlier in his career, Jason worked with the CEO of GVW Holdings, an industrial and transportation platform of The Carlyle Group, where he led direct investments and was an active Board Member of GVW’s portfolio companies. Prior to working with GVW, Jason served as Vice President of Corporate Development at The Interpublic Group. Other experience include working for Sterling Partners and the Transaction Advisory Group at Arthur Andersen.

Jason is a frequent speaker at industry events on energy, cleantech and smart grid. He and his work have been featured in numerous media outlets (TV, Print & Radio) including NBC, New York Times, NPR, Entrepreneur, PBS, Forbes, Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, Greentech Media, Jerusalem Post, Bangkok Post and INC. He was named by NBC as one of Chicago’s top “Eco-preneurs”, MwEN 40 under 40 and WGN as their “Entrepreneur of the Week”.

He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received the Dean’s Award of Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

 

 

Brad Burke

Brad Burke is the Managing Director of the Rice Alliance and has led the Rice Alliance since 2001. During that time, Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program has achieved the #3 ranking in the U.S. (having been previously unranked). The Rice Alliance’s Rice Business Plan Competition has become the world’s largest and richest student startup competition in the world. Previously, Brad founded and managed the Houston office of Viant Corporation, a premier internet consulting firm, that went public via IPO in 1999, before being acquired in 2002. Prior to Viant, Brad was a Principal with CSC Index, the former management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Before CSC, Brad held executive management positions with Exxon. He received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management as an Austin Scholar and his B.S. from Vanderbilt University.

 

 

Guy Caruso

Guy F. Caruso is a senior advisor in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He served as Administrator, Energy Information Administration (EIA) from July 2002 to September 2008. Mr. Caruso has acquired over 40 years of energy experience, with particular emphasis on topics relating to energy markets, policy, and security.

Caruso is President-elect of the USAEE.

Mr. Caruso holds a B.S. in business administration and an M.S. in economics from the University of Connecticut. He also earned an M.P.A. from Harvard University.

 

 

Melanie Craxton

Melanie Craxton is a PhD candidate in the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford. Her research takes an applied microeconomic approach to energy and environmental policy considerations. Specifically, Melanie’s dissertation work aims to bring insights from the behavioral economics literature into analyses of energy policy in ways they may not been thoroughly considered before. Her specific area of interest currently is in consumers’ perception, or misperception, of information, such as costs or prices, that lead them to behave sub-optimally in traditional economic terms, particularly when understanding decisions related to energy consumption. Melanie holds an undergraduate MA(Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh where in addition to her economics studies, she spent considerable time as a History and then Mathematics student.

 

 

Carol A Dahl

Professor Carol A. Dahl, is a Senior Fellow in the Payne Institute of Earth Resources and Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in the Mineral and Energy Economics Program at the Colorado School of Mines, USA. She received a PhD (Economics) from the University of Minnesota having studied under Christopher Sims, 2010 Nobel Laureate in Economics. She has published widely in peer reviewed energy journals, regularly presents her work at international conferences, has been a visiting scholar to numerous Universities and organizations worldwide and does short courses and research focusing on modelling and policy in international energy markets. Her book International Energy Markets: Understanding Prices, Profits and Policies is a Pennwell Press best seller and has been translated into Croatian and Chinese with a second edition published in July of 2015. She is very active in the International Association for Energy Economics and received their Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award in 2013. For more on her accomplishments see http://dahl.mines.edu/dahl-cv.pdf

 

 

John Daniel

John Daniel is a managing director and senior research analyst covering oil service at Simmons & Company International, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray. Prior to joining the firm, Daniel worked for Key Energy Services for eight years, most recently as vice president, corporate development. His responsibilities included investor relations and mergers and acquisitions. Daniel also spent four years as an analyst with PNC Bank, serving in its corporate banking and leverage finance groups. Daniel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University.

 

 

Alejandra Elizondo

Doctor in Public Policy with specialization in economic policy by the Center for Research and Economic Teaching (CIDE). He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, a degree in environmental management from the University of Dresden and a bachelor's degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is a researcher on energy and environmental issues. She has worked in applied research centers as a climate change policy specialist, and as a consultant for local and federal governments in matters of economics and environmental planning. He also worked in the federal government, in the Secretariats of Health and Environment and Natural Resources. In the academic field, he has lectured at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), the Technological Institute of Advanced Studies in Monterrey (ITESM), the Network of Anahuac Universities (North, Querétaro, Cancún) and the Universidad Iberoamericana.

 

 

Fletcher Fields

Fletcher Fields is an Economist in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, Fletcher performs in-depth research, including novel economic studies and policy analysis projects in order to develop innovative policy solutions to issues impacting the domestic energy sector, focusing on integrative, cross-sectoral analysis of energy systems. His areas of expertise include the interdependency of energy and water, as well as dynamics in energy supply chains. Fletcher holds a Master in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

 

Laura Fulton

Laura Fulton is the Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC, and its publicly traded partnership, Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP), an integrated producer, transporter, marketer and distributor of high-quality monocrystalline sand, a specialized mineral that is used as a proppant to enhance the recovery rates of hydrocarbons from oil and natural gas wells. In February 2013, Ms. Fulton was elected director of Targa Resources Corp and currently serves on the Audit Committee. From March 2008 to October 2011, she served as the Executive Vice President, Accounting and then Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of AEI Services, LLC (“AEI”), an owner and operator of essential energy infrastructure assets in emerging markets. Prior to AEI, she spent 12 years with Lyondell Chemical Company in various capacities, including as general auditor responsible for internal audit and the Sarbanes-Oxley certification process, and as the assistant controller. Previously, Ms. Fulton worked for Deloitte & Touche in its audit and assurance practice for 11 years.

The Houston Business Journal named Ms. Fulton “CFO of the Year - Small Public Company” and “CFO of the Year – Community Impact” for 2013. She is a CPA and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Accounting. Ms. Fulton is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Mays Business School and Accounting Department Advisory Board at Texas A&M University.

 

 

Jean-Baptiste Galland

Jean Baptiste Galland holds degrees in mathematics and economics from Parix IX Dauphine and ENSAE. He also holds management degree from Mc-Gill. After graduation in 1982, he joined EDF in the Strategy and Tariffs department where he held several responsibilities. He was in particular Head of the Tariff department. In 1990, he joined the Distribution business where he managed local distribution and commercial activities both in gas and electricity in various part of France during 10 years. In 2000, he joined the Finance Department of EDF Group in Paris where he prepared the 2001-2003 agreement between the French state and EDF group that paved the way to the future IPO and was involved in the preparation of the latter successful IPO of EDF. He joined EDF Energy in the summer 2005 as Managing Director – Strategy and Energy asset Optimisation within the Energy branch. He developed various investments in power, gas and renewable. In 2008 he was appointed Chairman of EDF Energy Renewable Since 2011 he is SVP Strategy of Enedis.

 

 

Martha Goodell

Martha Goodell is a Managing Partner at Enigami Partners, LLC and a Member of Hyde Park Angels. She has over 20 years of experience in investment management, corporate venture capital, angel investing, management consulting, and institutional project finance in the energy sector. She has an M.B.A. in finance and a Masters of Science in Environment and Resources with a Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy.

Martha co-founded Enigami Partners in 2016. The firm supports institutional clients with debt finance activities in the energy sector. Support includes deal sourcing, investment due diligence, deal modeling and structuring, and funding process management. She also advises start-ups on the angel and venture funding process and is an active angel investor.

 

 

Susan W Grissom

Susan Grissom is the Chief Industry Analyst for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), a trade association representing US refiners and petrochemical producers. As Chief Industry Analyst, she identifies and analyzes the potential market and economic impacts of proposed regulatory and statutory changes on the refining industry. She has 25 years of experience analyzing global crude oil and refined product markets, in the private and public sectors. She previously worked for the US Energy Information Administration directing the analysis of crude oil and refined petroleum product markets, for Ernst & Young leading research and analytics for the oil and gas practice, and for ExxonMobil directing the strategic economic and operational analysis of global refining and supply networks. Ms. Grissom holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.

 

 

Ron Gusek

Ron Gusek is President at Liberty Oilfield Services. Over the past 16 years, Ron has garnered extensive oil and gas experience in North America, and extended his knowledge of operations through travels to Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Within Liberty, Ron’s focus includes new technology and innovation, service quality, efficiency and optimization.

Ron has previously held roles at Sanjel Corporation, Zodiac Exploration, Pinnacle Technologies and BJ Services, with a primary focus on Hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs.

Ron is a published SPE author and presenter. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

 

 

Benjamin F. Hobbs

Benjamin F. Hobbs earned a Ph.D. (Environmental Systems Engineering) in 1983 from Cornell University. He holds the Theodore M. and Kay W. Schad Chair of Environmental Management at the Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering). He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and is founding director of the JHU Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute. He co-directs the Yale-JHU Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health (SEARCH), a USEPA supported center. Previously, he was at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories and a member of the Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

His research and teaching concerns the application of systems analysis and economics to electric utility regulation, planning, and operations, as well as environmental and water resources systems. Dr. Hobbs has previously held visiting appointments at Caltech, Comillas Pontifical University, Helsinki University of Technology, University of Washington, Netherlands Energy Research Center, and Cambridge University. He chairs the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator. He was named a NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1986. Dr. Hobbs is a Fellow of the IEEE and INFORMS.

 

 

Eric Hsieh

Eric Hsieh is the Director for Energy Finance and Incentives Analysis within the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. His team provides market, economic, and financial analysis of policies and programs to meet national energy goals. Eric was previously the Director of Business Development at Nexans, where he supported efforts to deploy new, economically beneficial transmission technologies in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to Nexans, he was the Market Development Director for A123 Systems, where participated in market reforms that led to the company’s 100th deployed megawatt of grid-connected storage. Early in his career, he served as the Government Relations Manager at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and on staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Eric holds a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.

 

 

Amy Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Currently Jaffe is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Council on Foreign Relations New York. Jaffe served as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). At ITS-Davis, Jaffe heads the fossil fuel component of Next STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways). She is associate editor (North America) for the academic journal, Energy Strategy Reviews.

Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as director of the Energy Forum and Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe’s research focuses on oil and natural gas geopolitics, strategic energy policy, corporate investment strategies in the energy sector, and energy economics. She was formerly senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold” (Cambridge University Press, January 2010 with Mahmoud El-Gamal). She served as co-editor of “Energy in the Caspian Region: Present and Future” (Palgrave, 2002) and “Natural Gas and Geopolitics: From 1970 to 2040” (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Jaffe is a frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and at board meetings of industry and environmental NGOs. She has provided testimony on Capital Hill on energy matters as well as to governments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She currently serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture with the World Economic Forum and as an advisory board member of GE Ecoimagination, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jaffe served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group, as project director for the Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy, and as chair, working group on nuclear power in the Middle East for the U.S. Institute for Peace-Stinson Center strategic task force on Iran. She is a widely quoted commentator on oil and energy policy in the international media, appearing regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, The New Hour with Jim Lehrer, FOX, Al-Jazeera TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London. Her writings have been featured by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones International, and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. She has a regular blog on energy matters at the Houston Chronicle and contributes on energy and climate to the Wall Street Journal’s The Experts.

Jaffe was the honoree for Esquire’s annual 100 Best and Brightest in the contribution to society category (2005) and Elle Magazine’s Women for the Environment (2006) and holds the excellence in writing prize from the International Association for Energy Economics (1994).

 

 

Robert Kleinberg

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 100,000. He advises Schlumberger senior management on long-range planning, and has served on or advised numerous government and academic committees on energy policy. He lectures frequently in academic and energy policy venues and is a coauthor, with Harvard faculty, of a textbook on energy technology, in preparation. Dr. Kleinberg 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. His work at Schlumberger has focused on geophysical measurements, on the characterization and delineation of unconventional fossil fuel resources, environmental issues connected with oil and gas development, and energy economics. Dr. Kleinberg has authored more than 100 academic and professional papers, holds 37 U.S. patents, and is the inventor of several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is the American Physical Society Distinguished Lecturer on Applied Physics, 2018-2019.

 

 

David H Knapp

David Knapp is Senior Editor, Global Oil Markets, for Energy Intelligence Group. He is editor of Oil Market Intelligence and co-editor of the Energy Intelligence Briefing Service. He also serves as Managing Director of the Energy Intelligence Research Division. Before joining Energy Intelligence in late 2000, Dr. Knapp was a senior official with the International Energy Agency and edited of the IEA’s Monthly Oil Market Report through much of the 1990s. He has analyzed energy markets for nearly 40 years in the international, government, business and financial sectors as Energy Economist and Energy Team Leader for the prestigious Wall Street banking and investment firm of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in the 1980s after starting his career at the Federal Energy Administration and Chase Manhattan Bank’s Energy Economics Division. Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a member of numerous professional organizations in the energy area. Dr. Knapp is a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics and a Board Member of the New York Energy Forum. He was awarded the IAEE 2007 Award for Excellence in Written Journalism.

 

 

Sarah Ladislaw

As director of the Energy and National Security Program, Sarah Ladislaw leads CSIS’s work in energy policy, market, and technology analysis. Ladislaw is an expert in U.S. energy policy, global oil and natural gas markets, and climate change. She has authored numerous publications on the geopolitics of energy, energy security and climate change, low-carbon pathways, and a wide variety of issues on U.S. energy policy, regulation, and market dynamics. Her regional energy work includes publications on Chinese, European, African, and Western Hemisphere energy issues. She has spearheaded new work at CSIS on climate change, the electricity sector, and energy technology development.

Ladislaw formerly worked in Office of the Americas in the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she covered a range of economic, political, and energy issues in North America, the Andean region, and Brazil. While at the department, she also worked on comparative investment frameworks and trade issues, as well as biofuels development and use both in the Western Hemisphere and around the world. She also spent a short period of time working Statoil as their senior director for international affairs in the Washington office. Ladislaw is frequently invited to speak at public conferences, advise companies and policymakers, and testify before congress. She is a member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Strategic Analysis Technical Review Panel, the Strategic Advisory Council for Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Initiative, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has taught graduate courses on energy security as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University and is a frequent guest lecturer at other universities. She also comments frequently in print, radio and television media outlets. Ladislaw received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs/East Asian studies and Japanese from the George Washington University and her master’s degree in international affairs/international security from the George Washington University as part of the Presidential Administrative Fellows Program.

 

 

Alberto J Lamadrid

Alberto Lamadrid is an assistant professor in the Economics Department, part of the Integrated Networks for Electricity Cluster at Lehigh University.

His interests lie at the intersections of energy and electricity economics, complex stochastic dynamic systems, and mechanism design.

In his work so far he has focused on the development of methodologies and tools that allow to properly study the decision making process in the electrical network for operations, planning and regulation with large scale penetration of renewable energy sources.

His methods use continuous and discrete optimization, geographic information systems, statistical analysis and engineering models that reflect the physical behavior of the system.

 

 

Chiara Lo Prete

Chiara Lo Prete joined Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Energy Economics in July 2014. Her research focuses on strategic interactions and price formation in multi-settlement wholesale electricity markets, market design of electric distribution networks, and evaluation of environmental policies in the electricity sector. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Lo Prete was a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. She earned a B.A. in Economics from LUISS University (Rome, Italy), a M.A. in Energy Economics from the Scuola Mattei (Milan, Italy), and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to returning to academia to pursue her Ph.D., Dr. Lo Prete worked for the energy company Eni, where she focused on the analysis of energy and environmental policies for the electric power, natural gas and automotive sectors in Europe and the United States.

 

 

Caitlin MacLean

Caitlin MacLean is director of innovative finance at the Milken Institute. She oversees the research, development, execution and follow-up of our Financial Innovations Labs, which promote financial solutions to overcome economic and social challenges. During MacLean's tenure at the Institute, the Labs have resulted in concrete outcomes, including the creation of new investment funds to support biomedical research and the implementation of government policies to facilitate the growth of the renewable energy sector. She is the co-author of many Lab reports and related journal articles. Prior to joining the Institute, MacLean worked in the for-profit sector developing marketing campaigns and communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies. She also worked in the nonprofit sector managing fundraising and program administration for arts development organizations. MacLean is a graduate of the New School University and has an M.B.A. in finance from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

 

Nitika Mago

Nitika V. Mago received the B.E. degree from
the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, in 2005, and the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, in 2007. Ms. Mago is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

 

 

Jimena Marvan

Jimena Marván has 17 years of experience in the energy sector. Before being appointed as Deputy Executive Director at ASEA, Marvan worked for the last three years as Manager for Environmental and Sustainable Development in Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) where she implemented different planning and stakeholder engagement strategies and promoted the strategic and control framework of the sustainability of this company. She also has extensive experience in strategic development and investment promotion in the hydrocarbons sector due to previous work on those fields where she was in charge of the implementation of different strategies regarding sustainable development, communication, feedback and investment promotion at the national and the international level. Jimena Marván got a degree in International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she also studied a minor in European Energy Market Integration and an Executive Training Program in the energy sector. She also studied a certified program on relations with investors with an emphasis on the oil sector at New York University.

 

 

Robert McNally

Robert McNally is the founder and President of the Rapidan Energy Group. Mr. McNally has over 25 years government and market experience as an international energy market consultant, investment strategist and White House policy official. Mr. McNally’s background and expertise spans the convergence of energy with economic, security, and environmental sectors, from global oil market fundamentals to regulatory policies. He has testified to Congress on energy markets and national security, published on energy in Foreign Affairs (co-authored with Michael Levi) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, NPR, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, PBS’ Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News and other leading journals and programs. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally started his professional career as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for 12 years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990. He earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices (Columbia University Press, 2017).

 

 

Garfield L Miller III

Mr. Miller is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Energy Advisors Corp., a New York-based boutique energy investment bank focused principally on providing strategic advisory and valuation services to the downstream segment of the energy industry. Aegis is one of the leading advisors in its field and its clients include the international integrated energy companies as well as independent refiner/marketers.. Prior to forming Aegis Energy in 1995, Mr. Miller was Managing Director and Head of Salomon Brothers’ global Energy & Chemicals investment banking group (1991 to 1994), and Managing Director and Head of First Boston’s Natural Resources M&A Group, which he joined in 1985. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in the energy industry, advising natural resource companies on all aspects of corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions, including valuation, divestitures, defense, and general strategic advisories. Aegis’ clients are engaged in all facets of natural resources from oil and gas extraction to refining and marketing of petroleum products. Mr. Miller graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in economics in 1972 and from Wharton with an MBA in finance in 1975.

 

 

Hector Moreira Rodriguez

He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical sciences and chemical engineering from the Technological Institute of Advanced Studies in Monterrey and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington DC He also holds a Diploma in University Administration from the University of Warwick. He has a trajectory of more than thirteen years occupying important positions in the energy sector. From 2003 to 2004, he was Undersecretary of Energy Planning and Technological Development of the Energy Secretariat where he was responsible for designing, evaluating and proposing strategies for national energy policy, as well as formulating guidelines, programs and actions to promote scientific research and the technological development of energy in the country. From 2004 to 2006, he was the Hydrocarbons Undersecretary of the Energy Secretariat where he was responsible for establishing and evaluating strategies, programs and regulatory instruments for the hydrocarbons sector, and for proposing strategic lines for the performance of PEMEX and its subsidiaries. He was also coordinator of the drafting of legislative initiatives and legislative decrees for the regulatory framework of the energy sector. During the period from 2009 to 2015, he held the position of Professional Counselor on the Board of Directors of PEMEX. He was responsible for supporting the Board of Directors of PEMEX in the Audit and Performance Evaluation Committees and Remuneration Committees, as well as coordinating the Committee on Strategy and Investments. During the same period, he was a Professional Director on the Board of Directors of PEP (Pemex Exploration and Production). In the Academic field he has been Academic Vice-Rector of the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey (ITESM). He is also an Associate Researcher at Arizona State University. He has been a director of the Mexican Petroleum Institute, the Electrical Research Institute, the Economic Research and Teaching Center, and author of several publications on energy sector planning.

 

 

Edward L Morse

Edward Morse is a managing director and the head of global commodities research at CitiGroup Global Markets, Inc. in New York. He previously held similar positions at Lehman Brothers, Louis Capital Markets and Credit Suisse. Widely cited in the media, he is a contributor to journals such as Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He worked in the US government at the State Department and later was an advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission on Iraq, as well as to the US Departments of State, Energy and Defense and to the International Energy Agency on issues related to oil, natural gas and the impact of financial flows on energy prices. Morse is a former Princeton professor and author of numerous books and articles on energy, economics and international affairs.

 

 

Zoltan Nagy

Dr. Nagy is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, directing the Intelligent Environments Laboratory since 2016. A roboticist turned building engineer, his research interests are in smart buildings and cities, renewable energy systems, control systems for zero emission building operation, machine learning and artificial intelligence for the built environment, complex fenestration systems and the influence of building occup ants on energy performance. Prior to joining UT, Austin, Dr. Nagy was a senior scientist at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, in the Department of Architecture. He worked with Prof. Arno Schlueter in the Architecture & Building Systems research group on control systems for sustainable building operation, as well as wireless sensor networks and applications of machine learning in building retrofit. Dr. Nagy has co-founded the award-winning high-tech spin-off Femtotools in 2007, and was member of its board of directors until 2011. Dr. Nagy received a PhD in robotics in 2011 working in the MultiScale Robotics Lab of Prof. Brad Nelson, and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (2006) with a focus on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and robotics, both from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He spent an academic exchange semester at the Danish Technical University in 2005, and was a visiting researcher in the Distributed Robotics Laboratory of Prof. Daniela Rus at MIT in 2009.

 

 

Karl J Nalepa

Karl Nalepa is an energy economist with over 25 years of private and public sector experience in the electric and natural gas industries. He has extensive experience analyzing utility rate filings and resource plans with an emphasis on fuel and power supply requirements, quality of fuel supply management, and reasonableness of energy costs. He has conducted agency performance reviews and utility system valuation studies. Mr. Nalepa previously directed all natural gas utility analysis and policy activities for the Railroad Commission of Texas, with responsibility for preparing timely natural gas industry analysis, managing ratemaking proceedings, mediating informal complaints, and overseeing consumer complaint resolution. He has prepared and defended expert testimony in both administrative and civil proceedings, and has served as a technical examiner in natural gas rate proceedings.

 

 

Josh Novacheck

Josh Novacheck is a Research Engineer in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Josh is an expert in production cost modeling of the power system, which he uses to investigate how the power system will operate under higher penetrations of wind and solar power. He is the lead production cost modeler on the Interconnections Seam Study, the most recent and largest Department of Energy funded interconnection study. The Interconnections Seam Study is tasked to understand the value of more robustly connecting the Western and Eastern Interconnections. He was also a lead modeler on the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study, which concluded the U.S. Eastern Interconnection could balance a system with 30% annual energy coming from wind and solar, while reducing costs and emissions, albeit with changing operating practices. Josh also conducts research on how increasing power system flexibility, from changing operational practices to utilizing new technologies, can better integrate wind and solar. Josh holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from University of Michigan.

 

 

Ram Rajagopal

Ram Rajagopal is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also the founder and director of the Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab. His primary research focus is on advancing the design, optimization and data-driven modelling of electric power systems. His work involves creating novel sensing and control platforms, robust data processing algorithms and dynamical statistical decision methods. He has also extensively worked on sensing infrastructure systems and transportation networks. Ram received his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and M.A. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has specialized in creating and deploying large sensing systems, and using the generated data together with novel statistical alogrithms and stochastic control to achieve sustainable transportation, energy and infrastructure networks.

 

 

Surya Rajan

Surya’s core expertise lies in business value creation through strategy rooted in technology and innovation for reservoir exploitation, and results delivery by means of relentless pursuit of operational efficiencies. Surya brings nearly three decades of experience as a business leader, and is widely recognized as an industry thought leader in unconventional and mature conventional exploitation. Most recently, he played a key role in a mega M&A transaction. Surya complements his experience and expertise with an executive MBA in Global Energy.

Surya rapidly progressed through leadership positions in resource-holder, refiner and oilfield services organizations, and as a result has a deep understanding of all aspects of the hydrocarbon value chain. Surya also headed up the unconventional business for the world’s leading energy insights and information organization.

Surya brings to P3 an unparalleled perspective on reservoir development while maintaining an uncompromising focus on cost, efficiency and profitability.

 

 

Joshua D Rhodes

Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy, especially policy that utilizes market forces to increase efficiencies. He consults on a broad range of energy topics as well as vetting for novel technologies -- often sitting on vetting committees for companies looking to enter Austin's technology incubators. He holds a double bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a masters in Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M University, a masters in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is Principal Advisor of Market Design at MISO. He provides expertise in the design and analysis of the markets operated by MISO, including the imbalance energy, ancillary services, and congestion management markets. He assesses the potential effects of market rules and design features on market performance. He was primarily responsible for crafting the Midwest Market Protocols document during 2003 that formed the basis for the energy markets tariff filed at FERC on 31 March 2004 and conditionally accepted by FERC on 6 August 2004. In addition, the Market Protocols document is the foundation upon which the Business Practices Manuals have been written. He also was part of the team that crafted the rules, business practices and tariff for market-based ancillary service procurement. His major projects currently include further developing a resource adequacy construct in the MISO footprint, incorporating demand resources into MISO markets, reducing uplifts and incorporating shortage pricing in MISO markets, and addressing MISO needs for short-run reliability-must-run contracts.

Prior to working at MISO, he worked at the CAISO where he helped to develop the comprehensive market redesign proposal (MD02) for the CAISO markets that was filed at FERC in 2002. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics and economics at Williams College and graduate work in economics from Stanford. He races BMX and races sculls in his spare time.

 

 

Anna Scaglione

Anna Scaglione (M.Sc.'95, Ph.D. '99) is a professor in the electrical, computer and energy engineering department at ASU since 2015. Prior to that, she was a professor at the University of California at Davis (from ’08), she became an Associate professor at Cornell University in 2006 and before joining Cornell in 2001, she was Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico (from 2000-2001). She is IEEE fellow since 2011. She was awarded the 2013 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Transactions Best Paper Award the NSF CAREER grant (2002) and with her student she received the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award and the Ellersick Best Paper Award (MILCOM 2005). Dr. Scaglione's research focuses on applications to network science, distributed learning, information systems and networked infrastructures for energy delivery.

 

 

Adam E. Sieminski

Adam Sieminski joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the Energy & National Security Program this past February. Before that, he served as the head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) for almost five years after a short assignment on the National Security Council at the White House. He was previously Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist, and an integrated oil company analyst for NatWest Securities.

He is a senior fellow and former president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and its local Washington chapter. He holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation and was President of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. Adam received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.

Although Adam is mostly known in the context of his energy-related activities, he has been very involved in community service. In 1980 he and his wife Laurie helped start a pre-school at the Quaker Meeting House in Washington. He is deeply involved in the restoration and outreach programs at Peirce Mill- the last remaining water-powered flour mill among the many that once flourished along the banks of Rock Creek in Washington.

 

 

Anupam Singh

Anupam Singh is an Investment Principal at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate Venture Capital arm of Saudi Aramco. Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) is the corporate Venture Capital arm of Saudi Aramco. SAEV makes minority equity investments of up to $30M in energy companies with differentiated technologies, of strategic relevance to Aramco. SAEV has a broad investment mandate covering oil & gas, as well as alternative energy, energy efficiency and software. Prior to SAEV, he worked in energy Private Equity where he invested in upstream service and technology companies in US and Europe.

 

 

Jim Sledzik

Jim Sledzik, Director for Hall Labs and located in Houston, TX, has more than 27 years of experience worldwide in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his current position with Hall Labs, Sledzik served as senior partner and president of the U.S. office of Energy Ventures. He was also the Global Marketing & New Technology Director and Vice President of Multiclient Services for WesternGeco and Global Account Director for Schlumberger. He holds an MBA in International Business, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and a B.Sc. in Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University.

 

 

Abhishek Somani

Dr. Somani is a Senior Research Economist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He specializes in design and analysis of electric power markets, both in the US and internationally (sponsored by the US Department of State). Dr. Somani was a core team member of ARRA sponsored smart grid demonstration projects, which involved large-scale participation by demand-side energy resources. He has extensively analyzed ways of harnessing and leveraging flexibility of demand-side resources, and its effects on the power system, including the operation and design of power markets. His current areas of research include integration of distributed energy resources through design and analysis of transactive energy systems, new regulatory and utility business models. Dr. Somani obtained his BS in Computer Engineering and Economics followed by a PhD in Economics from Iowa State University.

 

 

Shree Vikas

Shree Vikas is Director, Market Intelligence & Business Analysis at ConocoPhillips. In the current role, he is responsible for conducting market research, assessing industry implications, performing big-data analytics and analyzing operational results. His team regularly contributes in corporate planning, strategy development and supply chain execution at ConocoPhillips. Prior to ConocoPhillips, he led a myriad of market analysis, technology assessment, policy formulation and modeling projects for governmental agencies and energy companies.

He serves as the 2017 President of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). He is also an editorial advisory board member for the Oil & Gas Journal, a leading petroleum industry publication, and has served as the Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) member of Penn State’s Energy, Business and Finance (EBF) program.

He has a PhD in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State and has completed Executive Certificate in Strategy, Finance & Accounting from Rice University’s Jones School of Business.

 

 

Tina Vital

Ms. Vital has more than 20 years of experience focused on the energy capital markets. She is a Director at Aegis Energy Advisors in New York City, and previously held senior financial positions with Sumitomo Mitsui, Booz Allen Hamilton, Standard & Poor’s, PNC Capital Markets and Citibank NA, and engineering positions with ABB Combustion Engineering and ExxonMobil. She has been a guest on international financial news shows and is the author of numerous engineering and energy investment publications.

Tina holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, doctoral research in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and BS from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

Michael Wara

An expert on energy and environmental law, Michael Wara’s research focuses on climate and electricity policy. Professor Wara’s current scholarship lies at the intersection between environmental law, energy law, international relations, atmospheric science, and technology policy. Professor Wara, JD ’06, was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates, especially those warmer than today. The results of his scientific research have been published in premier scientific journals, including Science and Nature. Professor Wara joined Stanford Law in 2007 as a research fellow in environmental law and as a lecturer in law. Previously, he was an associate in Holland & Knight’s Government Practice Group, where his practice focused on climate change, land use, and environmental law. Professor Wara is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a Faculty Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and a Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.

 

 

Michael Webber

Michael Webber is the Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education at the intersection of engineering, policy, and commercialization. He has authored more than 300 scientific articles, columns, books, and book chapters, including op-eds in the New York Times and features in Scientific American. His latest book Energy 101, published digitally, is available from UT Press.

 

 

Mary Wierzbicki

Mary Wierzbicki manages a group in the Division of Economic and Technical Analysis, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She oversees staff analysis for FERC orders and rulemakings related to electricity markets, as well as staff research projects on changes to RTO/ISO market rules and trends in RTO/ISO markets. Prior to joining the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, Mary was a technical advisor to FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, and advised the Commissioner on orders and rulemakings. Mary also served as a legislative fellow in the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where she drafted legislation on electric transmission planning, siting, and cost allocation. Mary has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, both in electrical engineering with a specialization in power systems.

 

 

Elizabeth Wilson

Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is a Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures. Her work focuses on the implementation of energy and environmental policies and laws in practice. She studies how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making. Recent research has examined how energy policy stakeholders view the opportunities and challenges of creating smart grids and decision making within Regional Transmission Organizations, which manage the transmission planning, electricity markets and grid operations over 70 percent of North America. Her research has also examined how stakeholders in different U.S. states view emerging energy technologies like wind power and carbon-capture and sequestration and the electric power transmission system. Her recent books include Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing) (with Davies, Klass, Tomain and Osofsky) and Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles (Cambridge Press) (with Stephens and Peterson). Wilson's research group is working on two NSF supported grants on media and stakeholder perceptions of Smart Grid technologies and on decision making in Regional Transmission Organizations.

Wilson was recently awarded a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and was selected as a 2014-5 CIC Academic Leadership Fellow. She was chosen as a Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2011. She spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, supported by a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and before that Wilson worked in Belgium, Burundi and Tanzania. She holds a doctorate in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.