Speaker Bios

 

TBA

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Douglas Arent

As deputy, Doug Arent supports integrating the Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA) directorate’s cross-cutting technical capabilities and will bolster the strategic positioning and growth of the entire laboratory. In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Arent is Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise to U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board. Arent is the Editor in Chief for Renewable Energy Focus and is Associate Editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Arent serves on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Energy Policy and for Energy Academy Europe. Arent was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been a member of Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Study on Prudent Development of North America Natural Gas and Oil Resources, served from 2008 to 2010 on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, and also served on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists. His research interests are centered in energy and sustainability, where he has been active for more than 30 years. He has published extensively on topics of clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy. Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor's of science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

 


 

Sara Banaszak

Sara Banaszak has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector, spanning public policy, consulting and corporate advisory roles. Currently serving as a senior federal affairs advisor for ExxonMobil in Washington D.C., Sara also held senior advisor roles on the company’s corporate issues teams and with public affairs in the gas and power marketing division. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Sara was chief economist and vice president at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). Her knowledge of the energy industry ranges across the upstream and downstream arenas and covers policy, regulatory and commercial issues. She has analyzed global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade, the economic impacts of U.S. energy policies, the economics of oil refining, and published research on oil demand in Asia. Sara has also worked in consulting, directing PFC Energy’s North American Gas Policy Service (GPS) and early in her career with Asia-focused oil and gas companies. Sara holds a Masters degree in applied economics from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelors degree cum laude in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.

 


 

Luis Serra Barragan

Luis Serra is Executive Director of the Energy Initiative at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He leads the efforts in energy of the institution in order to collaborate towards the strengthening of Mexico's energy sector. He is in charge of three international strategic energy projects: The Binational Laboratory for Smart Management and Technological Training in Energy Sustainability, as well as two Knowledge Networks in Oil & Gas: "Zero Incident Pipelines in Mexico" and "Infrastructure for the establishment of a Talent Observatory and Value Chain deployment in Oil & Gas". As counsellor, he represents Tecnológico de Monterrey at the National Institute for Electricity and Clean Energy and the Center for Studies of Sustainable Development of the Private Sector. He is also currently a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Sustainable Energy Fund at the Mexican Council of Science and Technology. He was previously Research Director at the Center of Research for Development, one of Mexico's leading think tanks, as well as Editorial Counsellor for energy at Reforma, one of Mexico's most influential newspapers. His research and teaching experience comprises positions at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Warwick, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and Tecnológico de Monterrey's EGADE Business School and School of Government. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Warwick and a Bachelor in Economics from ITAM.

 


 

Morgan Bazilian

Morgan Bazilian is the Director of the Payne Institute and a Professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was lead energy specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy and investment. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Bazilian holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in areas related to energy systems and markets, and has been a Fulbright fellow. He holds, or has held, several academic affiliations including at Columbia University, Cambridge University, the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He is on the editorial boards of Environmental Research Letters, Energy strategy Reviews, and Energy Research and Social Science. He has published more than 120 articles in learned journals. His book, Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security is considered a seminal piece in the area of energy finance and security. His work has been published in Foreign Affairs, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, as well as the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously, he was a Deputy Director at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Irish Government as Principal Advisor to the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency. He was also the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations.

 


 

Stephen Berberich

Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is one of the world’s largest transmission organizations, managing the electric grid and wholesale power markets for 30 million Californians. 2019 marks Mr. Berberich’s 14th year with the ISO and his 8th year as CEO. During his tenure, he has navigated the ISO through a series of major changes underway in the energy industry. He has been instrumental in facilitating the transformation of the power grid to lower its reliance on fossil fuels, and driving energy policy to foster new ways to produce and consume electricity. Recognized as one of the nation’s 10 most influential energy leaders in 2014, Mr. Berberich has overseen the integration of more renewable energy than any other region in the world. Most recently, Mr. Berberich directed the deployment of the nation’s first Energy Imbalance Market, which welcomed several additional western states into the ISO’s bulk power markets. He is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally about the 21st century grid. He has served in a series of executive capacities at the ISO, including Vice President of Technology, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Berberich brings more than 25 years of experience from fields such as utility leadership, business consulting, financial services, banking and finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. Mr. Berberich currently serves on the Folsom Police Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to having previously served on the NERC Member Representatives Committee, he was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sacramento-based Jesuit High School.

 


 

Mark S Berg

In April 2005, Mark Berg joined Pioneer Natural Resources to serve as Executive Vice President & General Counsel. He was promoted to Executive Vice President, Corporate in January 2014, named Executive Vice President, Corporate/Operations in August 2015 and became Executive Vice President, Corporate/Vertically Integrated Operations in May 2017. Berg’s corporate responsibilities include oversight of Legal, Land, Regulatory Affairs, Government Affairs and Corporate Communications. In operations, he is responsible for Pioneer’s vertically integrated service companies: Pioneer Pumping Services, Premier Silica and Pioneer Well Services. Berg began his career in 1983 with the Houston-based law firm of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. and served as a partner from 1990 through 1997. He served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American General Corporation, a Fortune 200 diversified financial services company, from 1997 through 2001. Subsequent to the sale of American General to American International Group, Berg was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Hanover Compressor Company, a NYSE company specializing in natural gas compression and processing. Berg received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Tulane University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Berg also served as Chairman on the Board of Dallas CASA.

 


 

Amitai Bin-Nun

Amitai Bin-Nun is Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), which seeks to accelerate the deployment of vehicle automation and maximize the energy security and social benefits of the technology. Amitai came to SAFE from the innovation team at KPMG Strategy where he advised executives on the implications of emerging vehicle technologies and partnered with IBM Watson to explore potential financial services applications for cognitive computing. Amitai is also a former Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. Previously, Amitai served in the office of Senator Chris Coons and was a AAAS Fellow at the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Amitai earned a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, where his thesis explored using black holes as a window into extra dimensions.

 


 

Chris Birdsall

Chris Birdsall is the Manager, Economics & Energy Division, Corporate Strategic Planning Department. In this role, he manages the group responsible for preparing the ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook. Mr. Birdsall has a degree in Chemical Engineering with highest honors from the University of Florida. He joined ExxonMobil as a polymers manufacturing engineer in 1996, and has progressed through a number of manufacturing, technology, and commercial roles over the last 20 years. He has held management positions in ExxonMobil’s Polymers, Basic Chemicals, Lubricant Basestocks, and Refining business units. Outside of work, Mr. Birdsall serves on the advisory board for the chemical engineering department at the University of Florida. He is also a proud supporter of the United Way and Desire Street Ministries for their work serving communities in need. Mr. Birdsall has been married to his wife, Julianne, for over 20 years, and together they have two children.

 


 

Kevin Book

Kevin Book heads the research team and covers oil, natural gas, refined products and coal policy. Mr. Book appears frequently within print and broadcast media, contributes to policy forums convened by government and private organizations and meets with top Washington decision-makers. Mr. Book has also testified before several House and Senate Committees. Mr. Book is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, a self-funded advisory body to the Secretary of Energy, and a nonresident Senior Associate with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to co-founding ClearView, Mr. Book worked as a senior energy analyst for a national investment bank. He holds an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.

 


 

Shannon Bragg-Sitton

Dr. Bragg-Sitton is the Manager of the Systems Integration Department in the Nuclear Systems Design & Analysis Division at Idaho National Laboratory. Dr. Bragg-Sitton leads the 2017 DOE Big Idea Nuclear Energy Reimagined that seeks to overcome the technical, economic, and institutional barriers that inhibit wider use of nuclear energy in coordinated energy systems, both centralized and distributed (viz., poly-generation and hybrid energy systems). Shannon also serves in various leadership positions within Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs related to advanced nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear systems development. Since 2014, Shannon has served as the Deputy National Technical Director for the Advanced Fuels Campaign (AFC) in the DOE Fuel Cycle Technologies Program. AFC focuses on the development of enhanced accident tolerant fuels for light water reactors, advanced reactor fuels, and capability development to support fuel fabrication, testing and characterization. Shannon is also the Lead for Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems (N-R HES) under the DOE-NE Crosscutting Technologies Program. N-R HES designs seek to coordinate the use of multiple clean energy generation sources – namely nuclear and renewables – to meet both thermal and electrical energy needs. These systems would be designed to optimize energy use for the combined electricity, industrial manufacturing, and the transportation sectors. Prior to joining INL, Shannon was an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Texas A&M University (2007 – 2010) and was a Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2004 – 2007), during which time she was on assignment at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. In each of these capacities, her primary research area was in space nuclear power and propulsion systems. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University; a Master of Science in Medical Physics from the University of Texas at Houston; and a Masters and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.

 


 

Jean-Denis Charlebois

Jean-Denis Charlebois started at the NEB in 2006 and held positions of increasing responsibility to Director and Chief Economist. He lead the analysis for a number of tolls and facilities proceedings as well as public engagement initiatives. As a Director, he lead multidisciplinary teams focused on public hearings, tolls and tariff matters and regulatory policy. Prior to joining the NEB, Jean-Denis worked at the Department of Finance in Ottawa and the Canadian International Development Agency. Jean-Denis holds a bachelor's degree in commerce from HEC Montreal and a master's in economics from the University of Ottawa. He is also a CFA charter holder.

 


 

Carol 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 a senior fellow of the USAEE and received their Adelman Frankel award in 2010 she is very active in the IAEE and received their Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award in 2013. For more on her accomplishments see http://dahl.mines.edu/dahl-cv.pdf.

 


 

Robert Fenwick-Smith

Founded Aravaipa in 2008 with 20 years of global experience acquiring, founding, building, merging and selling companies. Previous fund managing experience at Robannic n.v., a Private Equity Fund, from 1988 to 2002. As co-Founder and CEO of Robannic’s ROMACO Group, for 12 years, led the growth of this roll-up in the pharmaceutical packaging and processing machinery sector from its inception to $200 million in sales and successful exit. In Aravaipa, Robert has built a micro-fund with a sharp focus on Colorado-based CleanTech companies that all aim to improve the way we use our precious and limited resources. Advocate of building pragmatic local companies that have technologies with a global environmental impact. Chairman of Aravaipa portfolio companies where he leads their financing strategies. BA in Economics from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland); MBA Harvard Business School. Governor of Colorado 2012 Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership.

 


 

Mark Finley

Mark Finley is the general manager of global energy markets for BP America in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for BP’s coverage of global energy markets as well as the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy. He previously served as a senior member of BP’s economics team in London and Washington, D.C. Finley has more than 20 years of private and public sector experience as an energy economist. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan (economics) and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (economics) and The George Washington University (finance).

 


 

R Dean Foreman

Dr. Dean Foreman is Chief Economist for the American Petroleum Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida and brings more than 20 years of industry experience in corporate strategic planning, forecasting, risk management, and finance. Before joining API, Dr. Foreman was the lead economist for ExxonMobil Corporate Planning between 2002 and 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he was a member of the executive team at Canadian-based exploration and production company Talisman Energy, where he focused on corporate planning, hedging/marketing, and business development. In 2013 to 2015, he directed the risk management function in North America for South African energy and petrochemical conglomerate Sasol, where he helped drive business cases for $25 billion in U.S. mega projects, including the $11 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Most recently, he was with Saudi Aramco Strategy & Market Analysis in Dhahran, where he managed short-term market monitoring and the long-term oil demand outlook.

 


 

Lewis Fulton

Lewis Fulton has worked internationally in the field of transport/energy/environment analysis and policy development for 30 years. He is Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS+) program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. There he leads a range of research activities around new vehicle technologies and new fuels. He was a lead author on the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report, Mitigation (“Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change”, transport chapter). Current projects include analyses of electric vehicles, shared mobility, automation, and other drivers of transportation futures. From 2007-2012 he was a Senior Transport Specialist with the International Energy Agency, Paris, as well as Division Head for Energy Technology Policy during 2011-2012. He returned to the IEA in 2007 after working there originally from 1999-2005. At the IEA Lew led the development of the Mobility Model and directed transport-related analysis connected with the Energy Technology Perspectives series of publications. During 2006-2007 he worked in Kenya with the UN Environment Program, developing and implementing GEF-funded sustainable transport projects around the world. During the 1990s he also worked at the US Department of Energy for 4 years, and taught at the Independent University of Bangladesh and the University of Maryland. Lew received his Ph.D. in Energy Management and Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States in 1994. His Mother was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland.

 


 

Andreas C Goldthau

Andreas Goldthau is the Franz Haniel Professor at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt University, and Research Group Lead at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. He is also Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, he was a Chair in International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London, Professor at Central European University's School of Public Policy, and held shorter appointments at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. His academic interests lie in the international political economy of the low carbon transition, energy security and global energy governance. His most recent books include The Politics of Shale Gas in Eastern Europe. (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and the Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018).

 


 

Hal Harvey

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm. Since its inception in 2012, Energy Innovation has delivered high-quality research and analysis to policymakers around the world and across a range of jurisdictions to help inform their energy policy decisions. From 1991-2002, Hal served as founder and CEO of the Energy Foundation, a philanthropy supporting policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency. He then helped establish Energy Foundation China, the European Climate Foundation, and the Indian Sustainable Energy Foundation. From 2002-2008, he served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Hal has served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, and has published two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New-Land Foundation, Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Corporation, Vice Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for Mercator Climate Center, and a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute. Hal was awarded the Heinz Award for the Environment in 2016, was honored with the United Nation’s Clean Air and Climate Change Award in 2018, and received the California Air Resources Board’s Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award in 2019. Early in his career, Hal designed and built solar homes, and built an electric car for his commute. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Engineering, specializing in Energy Planning.

 


 

Horace Hobbs

Horace Hobbs joined Phillips 66 as the Chief Economist in October of 2013. He is primarily focused on long range planning and capital allocation for the global portfolio of Phillips 66 businesses. He has spent his entire thirty year career in the energy industry, primarily as a management consultant, and also as an operating executive. Prior to joining Phillips 66, Horace was Managing Director of Muse Stancil & Co, a boutique, global consulting firm, where he was focused on downstream strategy and provided a broad array of merger, acquisition, and divestiture advisory services. He provided industry analysis and business planning support for operating companies, project and technology developers, equity investors, and financial institutions.Horace spent five years as part of the start up executive team for Longhorn Pipeline and was previously employed as a downstream industry consultant at Wright Killen & Co. and The Pace Consultants(Now Jacobs Consultancy). He spent the early years of his career as a chemical engineer involved in process design and advanced process control applications. He has testified as a downstream industry expert before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), The California Public Utility Commission, and the National Energy Board of Canada. He regularly addresses a variety of audiences on topics related to global energy markets and economics. Horace holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and is licensed by the State of Texas to practice engineering.

 


 

Amy Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk and energy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis and senior advisor for energy and sustainability at Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California, Regents. She was also formerly a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the University of California, Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and its Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies. She has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University.

 


 

Jesse Jenkins

Jesse Jenkins is a postdoctoral Environmental Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, where he harnesses methods from electricity systems engineering, operations research, and applied economics to improve energy policy, engineering practice, and environmental outcomes. He currently focuses on the rapidly evolving electricity sector, including the transition to zero-carbon power systems and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. Jesse completed a PhD in Engineering Systems (’18) and MS in Technology and Policy (’14) at MIT's Institute for Data Systems and Society. Jesse has published peer-reviewed papers in the journals Joule, The Energy Journal, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Applied Energy, Nuclear Technology, Energy Policy, and WIREs: Climate Change. His work has been supported by competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation, MIT Energy Initiative, Martin Family Society for Fellows in Sustainability, and Harvard University Center for the Environment. Jesse has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and his research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other media outlets. Jesse worked previously as a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative, the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and a Policy and Research Associate at Renewable Northwest. He also earned a BS in Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon.

 


 

Marianne Kah

Marianne Kah is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Advisory Board member at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She had been the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips at its Houston headquarters for 25 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil and natural gas, and was the company’s expert in scenario planning. She also communicated her views to numerous external stakeholders, including Energy Ministers, legislators, think tanks and governments. She is also a Director of Petroleum Geo-Services. Prior to ConocoPhillips, Ms. Kah was the Manager of Corporate Planning at Cabot Corporation in Boston and a Coordinator of Strategic Planning at Conoco in Houston. In the early 1980s, she was a Senior Analyst in the Policy Development Group of the Synthetic Fuels Corporation in Washington, D.C. Prior to that she was a Policy Analyst at the Energy and Minerals Division of the Government Accountability Office where she led various energy policy studies for the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and House Fossil and Synthetic Fuels Subcommittee. She has been a frequent presenter and panelist at international energy forums and conferences including the Aspen Institute’s Energy Policy Forum, CERAWeek, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Scowcroft and Baker Institutes, the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, Univ. of Chicago, Center for Global Energy Studies, Oil & Money, International Energy Agency, Norwegian Finance and Energy Conferences, Middle East and Asian oil and gas conferences, KAPSARC and the International Energy Forum in Riyadh. She has also participated in U.S. energy policy studies including those by the National Petroleum Council and the BiPartisan Policy Center. She has been the President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and has been awarded a Senior Fellow award by that organization. She also chaired the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Economics and Statistics and is co-chairing the Energy Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics. Ms. Kah has a B.S. from Cornell University and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

 


 

John Kingston

John Kingston works with the editorial team to broaden coverage, content and data that readers need to understand how the freight markets are impacted by regulatory, economic, technology and business developments. John is also a FreightWaves Market Expert covering the oil and energy markets. Much of his career was spent at McGraw-Hill/S&P Global, primarily at the Platts division. He was Platts' leading "talking head," appearing on television business shows and presenting at conferences on energy and blockchain issues. In 2015 he joined S&P's management team, serving as President of the McGraw Hill Financial Institute and Director of Global Market Insights. He launched the S&P Global Task Force on Blockchain to determine how the nascent technology would impact the company.

 


 

Kate Konschnik

Kate Konschnik directs the climate and energy work of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, with a joint appointment at Duke Law School. In the 2018-2019 school year, Kate taught Climate Change and the Law, and a Transformation of the Grid course with former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and former FERC Chair Norman Bay. Previously, Kate founded and directed the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (now the Harvard Energy and Environmental Law Program). Kate also served for more than a decade in the federal government, as Chief Environmental Counsel to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and as an environmental enforcement litigator at the United States Department of Justice.

 


 

Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw is the senior vice president and director and senior fellow of the Energy and National Security Program, where she 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.

 


 

Paul Leiby

Paul Leiby is a Distinguished Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He manages ORNL’s Fossil Fuel Modeling program and leads the Energy Analysis Team for the Environmental Sciences Division. Prior to ORNL he was a research fellow at Harvard University's Energy and Environmental Policy Center. Recent research topics include the economic analysis of advanced vehicle technologies, vehicle automation, and alternative motor fuels, energy security and oil market modeling, the evaluation of emergency oil stockpiling policies and greenhouse gas emission policies. Paul is the current Chairman of the Transportation Research Board's Transportation Energy Committee and a former member of the TRB Alternative Fuels Committee. He has served on professional groups such as the Energy Modeling Forum’s panels on World Oil Modeling and Energy Security and on advisory groups for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Governmental Accountability Office, and the Office of Technology Assessment. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and his Baccalaureate Degree from Harvard College.

 


 

Consul General Stephane Lessard

Stéphane Lessard joined Global Affairs Canada at the Consulate General of Canada in August 2016. As Canada's Consul General in Denver, Stéphane oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance political, academic and cultural links; and assist Canadians visiting or living in the five-state U.S. Mountain West region. Stéphane began his career practicing commercial law in Montréal before joining the Canadian Federal Government in 1993, where he has held numerous senior and executive positions. Prior to arriving in Denver, Stéphane spent the last ten years with Health Canada (2006 to 2016), where he served in different executive positions across the Offices of the Chief Scientist, the Strategic Policy Branch, the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. He has also worked with the Canadian Space Agency (1993 to 2004), where, as the Head of International Affairs, he oversaw relationships with foreign national and multinational space agencies; and with Global Affairs Canada’s Global Partnership Program (2004 to 2006), where he focused on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Stéphane holds a BCL from the University of Montréal, his LLM in Air & Space Law from McGill University, his LLB from the University of Ottawa, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. A native of Montréal, Canada, Stéphane and his wife, Raji Bansal, have three children: Jasmine, Lana and Benjamin.

 


 

Debra Lew

Debbie is a Senior Technical Director at GE Energy Consulting, where she has worked since 2015, focusing on utility integration of wind, solar and distributed energy resources. Previously, she worked 16 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she initiated and led the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study which examined impacts of high penetrations of wind and solar in the Western Interconnection. In 2009-2010, she was seconded to the Hawaiian Electric Company to work on integrating high levels of wind and solar in Hawaii. She is the Chair of the International Institute of Electrical Engineers Power and Energy Society’s Wind and Solar Power Coordinating Committee and Chair of the Distributed Energy Working Group for the Energy Systems Integration Group. She has a BS in EE and Physics from MIT and a PhD from Stanford in Applied Physics.

 


 

Amory Lovins

Physicist Amory Lovins is cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute; advisor to major firms and governments worldwide on advanced energy efficiency; author of 31 books and over 630 papers; and recipient of the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. An honorary architect, Swedish engineering academician, and former Oxford don, he has taught at ten universities. He served in 2011-18 on the National Petroleum Council. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. In 2016, the President of Germany awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit.

 


 

John Minge

John Minge currently chairs the NPC study on carbon capture, use and storage. Previously, Minge was chairman and president of BP America Inc. in February, 2013, where he is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to BP’s U. S. businesses, which are involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, and alternative energy. Prior to this role, since 2009, Mingé was the regional president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. During his 30-year career with BP, Mingé has held various executive and engineering posts around the globe. He has served as president of BP Indonesia, head of BP’s Asia Pacific Unit, and president of exploration and production for Vietnam and China. For the past four years, he has served on the BP America board of directors. Minge started his BP career in the Gulf of Mexico as a drilling engineer. He holds a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. He is also a member of the API Board and Executive Committee and a member of the National Petroleum Council.

 


 

Richard Newell

Dr. Richard G. Newell is the President and CEO of Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit research institution that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, the agency responsible for official US government energy statistics and analysis. At Duke University, Dr. Newell served as the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and founding director of its Energy Initiative and Energy Data Analytics Lab. He has also served as the senior economist for energy and environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy and the environment, including issues surrounding global climate change, energy efficiency, and energy innovation. He has provided expert advice to many institutions, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the International Energy Forum, and is a member of the National Petroleum Council. Dr. Newell holds a PhD from Harvard University, an MPA from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a BS and BA from Rutgers University.

 


 

Per Magnus Nysveen

Per Magnus Nysveen joined Rystad Energy from its founding in 2004 and is in charge of the analyst team. He has broad experience within upstream valuation, cost modelling and oil macro analyses. He has particular expertise in unconventional activities and is in charge of the North American Shale Analysis. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, Per Magnus had 15 years of international experience within technology, risk management and venture business, primarily from DNV GL and the CNES space center of France. He holds a M.Sc. degree from NTNU Trondheim and IFP Paris, and a MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau.

 


 

Ambassador Robert C Perry

As Director of the Africa Team at The Stevenson Group, Ambassador Perry assists companies identify opportunities and navigate successful market entry. He and The Stevenson Group team assist project developers with strategic planning, market analysis and financial planning. With over 30 years of experience in international affairs focused on public policy and business development in emerging markets, Ambassador Robert C. Perry (ret.) is well qualified to advise companies on market opportunities and how to partner for business success. During his State Department career, Bob managed political relationships at U.S. Embassies in Latin American and Africa, managed the counter-narcotics assistance program for Latin America, and facilitated trade and investment. As Vice President at Corporate Council on Africa he planned business conferences that provided business leaders access to senior American and African government officials for insights on public policy. He also led trade missions to West Africa that facilitated contacts with local business leaders for partnerships in agribusiness, infrastructure development and power generation. Bob served as U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Mauritius and Bolivia, Ambassador to the Central African Republic, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. He earned a M.A. in International Affairs from American University, a B.A. in Political Science from Wittenberg University, and attended the National Defense University. Bob speaks Spanish and French. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association of Black American Ambassadors, Ambassador Perry served on the U.S. Board of the South Africa Washington International Program (SAWIP), a leadership development program for South African university students.

 


 

William “Bill” Ritter Jr

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, four senior policy advisors and analysts, a research manager, a research associate, and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state's biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver's district attorney from 1993 to January 2005. The Ritters have four children: August, Abe, Sam, and Tally.

 


 

Tisha Schuller

Tisha splits her time between writing, consulting, and public speaking. Her experience spans environmental consulting, company advocacy, policy, politics, and academia. As principal and founder of Adamantine Energy, Tisha works to transform energy policy and politics around the world. Tisha serves as Strategic Advisor to Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative and is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. In 2017 she chaired the Stanford NGI Symposium to reduce energy poverty in the developing world using natural gas. Previously, Tisha served as President & CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and as Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. She has a B.S. from Stanford University. Tisha serves on many academic and non-profit boards and is a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the Secretary of Energy under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Tisha’s book, Accidentally Adamant was published in April 2018.

 


 

Kelly Simms-Gallagher

Kelly Sims Gallagher is professor of energy and environmental policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She directs the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. From June 2014 – September 2015 she served in the Obama administration as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as senior China advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Harvard University Center for Environment. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and she also serves on the board of the Energy Foundation. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She specializes in how policy spurs the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and Ph.D. in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an A.B. from Occidental College. She speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of "China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development," (The MIT Press 2006), editor of "Acting in Time on Energy Policy," (Brookings Institution Press 2009), "The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China," (MIT Press 2014), and numerous academic articles and policy reports.

 


 

Christopher Smith

Mr. Smith joined Cheniere in November 2017 as Senior Vice President for Policy, Government and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Smith was the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he led the department’s policy, international engagement, and research and development programs for fossil energy. During that time, he also served as the designated federal official for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Prior to his roles in federal government, Mr. Smith served in managerial and analytical positions at Chevron and Texaco, focused primarily on upstream business development and LNG trading. Mr. Smith began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army and served tours in Korea and Hawaii. He subsequently worked for Citibank and JPMorgan in New York City and London. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Cambridge University.

 


 

Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor is a Partner at Sequoia Investment Management Company. Previously, he was Co-Head of Infrastructure Finance at UBS and Head of Infrastructure Finance at Merrill Lynch. He has 30 years of infrastructure debt experience. Mr Taylor worked in both the UBS investment banking infrastructure advisory team and the infrastructure finance desk within the securitization team, where he worked on financings including the debt structure for a $12.8 billion bid for a US toll road asset. Prior to that he was Head of Infrastructure Finance at Merrill Lynch and held positions in the securitization and debt capital markets teams. Mr Taylor was a Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s, where he was the lead analyst on £10 billion+ of structured financings and responsible for developing the methodology for rating securitizations of regulated utilities. Mr Taylor began his career with PaineWebber in New York, where he originated and executed infrastructure transactions with particular focus on airports. His experience includes infrastructure debt structuring, acquisition and project finance, and securitizations in UK, Europe, US and Canada, Asia and Latin America. He has worked on a wide range of infrastructure assets including airports, toll roads, rail lines and rolling stock, pipelines, gas and electricity distribution networks, water and waste suppliers, and gas and oil reserves. He has been responsible for debt structuring, negotiating intercreditor terms, rating strategy and assisting in bank syndications. Mr Taylor has strong credit skills, structuring capabilities and extensive knowledge of infrastructure investors and operators. Mr Taylor holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Yale University School of Management and a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts. He is a member of Sequoia's Investment Committee.

 


 

Wim Thomas

Wim is Chief Energy Advisor in Shell and heading the Energy Analysis Team in Shell’s Global Scenario Group, which is part of the Corporate Strategy Department. He leads a team responsible for worldwide energy analyses and long-term global energy scenarios, and advises Shell companies on a wide range of energy issues, including global supply and demand, regulations, energy policy, markets, pricing and industry structure. He has been with the Shell group of companies for some 30 years, with prior positions in drilling operations, subsurface reservoir management, and commercial and regulatory affairs in gas. Wim is chairman of the UK national committee of the World Petroleum Council and is a former chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He holds a postgraduate degree in Maritime Technology, Delft University, The Netherlands.

 


 

Susan Tierney

Dr. Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations on energy markets, as well as economic and environmental regulation and strategy. Her expert witness and business consulting services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, utility ratemaking and regulatory policy, clean energy regulatory policy, transmission issues, wholesale and retail market design, and resource planning and procurement. Dr. Tierney is a former assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Energy, state cabinet officer for environmental affairs, and state public utility commissioner. She chairs the board of directors of Resources for the Future and of ClimateWorks Foundation, serves on the external advisory board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is a director of the World Resources Institute and of other boards. She has published widely, frequently speaks at industry conferences, and has lectured at many leading universities.

 


 

Tina Vital

Extensive career in investment banking focused on debt and equity transactions and financings within energy, power, metals and mining. Held senior positions in investment banking and consulting. Began financial career with Citibank NA in New York. Design engineer with Exxon in New Jersey and Texas. Frequent guest on international financial news shows. Author of numerous engineering and investment publications. Serves on the Council (2016-2018), Chair of the Business Committee (2017-2018) and Conference Session Chair (2015-2018) for the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE). Served as an Advisory Board Member for the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference (2011-2014). MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, ABD-PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and BS from the University of Pittsburgh. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.