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Ross Baldick

Dr. Ross Baldick is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.Sc. and B.E. degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1991-1992 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In 1992 and 1993 he was an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Baldick has published over forty refereed journal articles and has research interests in a number of areas in electric power. His current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under deregulation, and the robustness of the electricity system subject to terrorist interdiction. In 1994, Dr. Baldick received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He recently completed a textbook based on a graduate class, "Optimization of Engineering Systems" that he teaches in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas. He also teaches a three-day short-course "Introduction to Electric Power for Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Professionals" and a one-day short-course "Locational Marginal Pricing" for non-technical professionals in the electricity industry. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and the chairman of the System Economics Sub-Committee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

 

 

Rachid Bencherif

Mr. Rachid Bencherif is the Head of the Grants Unit and a member of the Senior Management at the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). At OFID since 2004, he also served as OFID’ Senior Planning Analyst. He has 28 years of hands-on experience in energy planning and multi-sectoral project development. His current areas of interest are: energy poverty alleviation and sustainable development in developing countries.

Before joining OFID, he worked for 6 years at the OPEC Secretariat as a senior energy model analyst where he was in charge of energy studies and developed short-term oil demand models, implemented a global refining model and a climate change assessment model.

Prior to joining OPEC, he worked for 15 years at Sonatrach, the national oil and gas company in Algeria, where he was Corporate Director dealing with project planning and financing, as well as energy and economic studies. Mr Bencherif was also a part-time lecturer at the University of Algiers where he directed many engineers’ thesis. Mr. Bencherif holds two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University, one in Operations Research from the School of Engineering, and one in Statistics from the School of Humanities and Science.

 

 

Lars Bergman

Lars Bergman is President of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), where he also is a professor of economics. He holds a PhD in economics from SSE. After graduation he worked for the Ministry of Education and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg,Austria. He then returned to SSE to teach and to do research in economics, focusing on market design, regulation and competition issues in network industries. In 2004 he was appointed President of SSE.

Lars is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Chairman of the Swedish Association for Energy Economics, and 2012 he is President of the IAEE.

 

 

Michael E. Canes

Dr. Canes is a nationally recognized expert in the field of energy economics. He joined LMI in 2000 after a distinguished career as vice president and chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute. His areas of expertise include energy economics, energy management, energy policy, environmental management, and environmental economics. He was a principal participant in the Defense Science Board’s 2008 study of Department of Defense energy strategy, and he has served as an officer in the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and recently was voted President-Elect for 2013. Dr. Canes earned a BS in mathematics and an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in economics from UCLA.

 

 

Ariel Cohen

Ariel Cohen, L.L.B., Ph.D., is a recognized authority on international energy and security policy. Dr. Cohen serves as Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Davis Institute for International Studies of the Heritage Foundation and headed the Heritage Global Energy Competitiveness Project. He directed Heritage’s energy simulation exercises (war gaming) on oil supply crises. Cohen works closely with Congressmen, Congressional staff members, and cabinet- and sub-cabinet level domestic and foreign decision-makers on energy and other critical foreign policy and national security issues. He also directs high-level conferences on international security, terrorism and energy, the rule of law, crime and corruption, and a variety of other issues.

Dr. Cohen consults for Fortune 500 companies and international law firms. He served as a Senior Consultant for Burson Marsteller’s Emerging Markets practice, a global public affairs firm, and for Emerging Markets Communications, a boutique strategic communications consultancy. He has prepared expert testimonies and/or testified in high profile cases tried by leading Washington law firms; and wrote expert opinions for investors who are involved in a multi-billion dollar suits against illegal expropriations in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Dr. Cohen was a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis. Dr. Cohen has published six books and monographs; 30 book chapters; and over 500 articles in professional and popular media. He appears on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV, Al Jazeera English, and all Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for the Voice of America. He has extensively written as a guest columnist for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, EurasiaNet, National Review Online, Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, and many others.


 

 

David Darcey

David Darcey serves as vice president of corporate strategic implementation for Williams. He is responsible for Williams’ business intelligence efforts and strategy implementation. Before being appointed to his current role in September 2012, Darcey served as director of planning and project analysis for the Midstream business unit for 14 years. He previously held different roles in accounting and finance since beginning his career with Williams in 1987.

David earned his bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance from the University of Utah in 1987. He also earned a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Utah in 1992.

Darcey volunteers with Boy Scouts of America and teaches with Junior Achievement.

 

 

Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian

Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, the Founding Director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, is one of the United States’ most distinguished diplomats, credited with a career spanning the administrations of eight U.S. presidents. Ambassador Djerejian, who is also the Janice and Robert McNair Chair in Public Policy and the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly University Chair for Senior Scholars at the institute, is a leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious, and ethnic issues of the Middle East. Ambassador Djerejian has played key roles in the Arab-Israeli peace process, the U.S.-led coalition against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, successful efforts to end the civil war in Lebanon, the release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon, and the establishment of collective and bilateral security arrangements in the Persian Gulf.

Prior to his nomination by President Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he served both President Bush and President Clinton as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and President Reagan and President Bush as U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. Ambassador Djerejian has also served as deputy assistant secretary of Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, as deputy chief of the U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Jordan, and as special assistant to President Reagan and deputy press secretary for foreign affairs in the White House.

Ambassador Djerejian joined the Foreign Service in 1962, and his assignments included political officer in Beirut, Lebanon, and Casablanca, Morocco; he also was consul general in Bordeaux, France. He headed the political section in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during the critical period in U.S.-Soviet relations marked by the invasion of Afghanistan. He served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant in the Republic of Korea following his graduation from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a bachelor’s of science and an honorary doctorate in humanities from Georgetown University, and a doctor of laws, honoris causa, from Middlebury College. He speaks Arabic, Russian, French, and Armenian. Ambassador Djerejian has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award, the President's Meritorious Service Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Moral Statesman Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Ambassador Djerejian was asked by Secretary of State Colin Powell to chair a congressionally mandated Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World. The advisory group published its report October 1, 2003.

Since March 2006, Ambassador Djerejian has served as senior advisor to the Iraq Study Group (ISG), a bipartisan, blue-ribbon panel mandated by the Congress to assess the current and prospective situation in Iraq. The Baker Institute is an organizing sponsor of the ISG. He is managing partner of Djerejian Global Consultancies, LLP, and is also on several public and nonprofit boards. Recently, former President Bill Clinton invited him to serve as an Advisory Board member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s working group on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict. Ambassador Djerejian is married to the former Françoise Andrée Liliane Marie Haelters. They have a son, Gregory Peter Djerejian, and a daughter, Francesca Natalia Djerejian.

 

 

H.B. "Trip" Doggett

H.B. “Trip” Doggett was named president and chief executive officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), in May 2010. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Doggett was interim president/CEO and ERCOT’s chief operating officer since June 2008.

Mr. Doggett has 29 years experience in the electric power industry, including seven years as an independent consultant in the ERCOT market, providing consulting and project management services related to market participant readiness for a nodal market in Texas. He chaired the Texas Nodal Transition Plan Task Force (TPTF) from 2005 to June 2008, and also served as an independent facilitator for the Texas Nodal Team, an ERCOT stakeholder team that developed the ERCOT nodal protocols. Prior to leading the market engagement and readiness team, he was involved in the stakeholder development and implementation of the zonal protocols.

Before becoming an independent consultant, Mr. Doggett worked 22 years with Duke Energy in the area of transmission substation engineering and was part of the team that launched the California ISO and PX.

Mr. Doggett is a Registered Professional Engineer and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

 

Roger Duncan

Roger Duncan is a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger is also the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. It is the 9th largest public power utility and has been recognized as a leader in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart grid activities. Prior to that position, Roger served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin, with management over government relations, water and air quality, sustainability and various environmental initiatives. Roger was elected twice to the Austin City Council from 1981 to 1985. Roger serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and is President of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. Roger also serves on the Electric Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Roger as one of the top 20 carbon reducers in the world. Roger has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in philosophy.

 

 

Cris Eugster

Cris Eugster is the Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned electric and gas utility. He leads the transformation of CPS Energy into a New Energy utility comprised of a low-emission generation portfolio with significant natural gas, wind, and solar components, in addition to large scale energy efficiency programs and innovative smart grid solutions.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston, reporting to Mayor Bill White. Previously, Cris was a Partner with McKinsey & Company an international management consulting firm. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

 

Mark Finley

Mark Finley is General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics at BP. In addition to analyzing the economics and politics of the world oil market, he has produced market assessments for natural gas and carbon. He manages the annual production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (now in its 61st year), and regularly presents BP’s views on global energy markets to external audiences.

Mr. Finley is a Vice President of the International Association of Energy Economics and is Chairman of the US Conference of Business Economists.

Mr. Finley has 25 years of private- and public- sector experience as an energy economist. He joined BP's Economics Team in 2001 and has worked in Washington DC and London. 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). He and his wife Leigh Ann live in Arlington, VA with their two beautiful daughters.

 

 

R. Dean Foreman

As the Chief Economist (V.P.) for Talisman Energy, Dr. Foreman focuses on global economic & energy market assessments, competitive analysis and corporate strategy. He joined Talisman from ExxonMobil Corporation in June 2009, where he held roles as the senior economist in Corporate Planning and treasurer for production affiliates throughout the Americas. He managed the central economics function and was instrumental in driving the corporation’s long-range economic and energy outlooks, which serve as the basis for strategic planning. Prior to ExxonMobil, Dr. Foreman was Director of Economics and Competitive Analysis for Verizon Corporation. He secured and directed substantial internal and external resources necessary to accomplish major business objectives in key litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Dr. Foreman holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Florida and has a breadth of experience in strategic planning, global business economics, econometric estimation and forecasting, energy policy and antitrust. He has contributed to major U.S. National Petroleum Council studies over the past decade and published articles in several professional journals, including the Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Regulatory Economics and Information Economics and Policy.

 

 

Gurcan Gulen

Dr. Gülen researches and lectures on energy value chain economics, energy markets and commercial frameworks. He worked on natural gas and electric power projects in North America, South Asia, West Africa, and Caucasus among others, focusing on the economics, policy and regulation of resource development and delivery, and power market design. He evaluated the Texas Renewables Portfolio Standard program and compared RPS programs nationwide, focusing on cost, transmission and integration challenges; and co-organized a transmission forum in Washington, D.C. He is currently working on price dynamics in oil and gas markets, unconventional gas resource potential, upstream economics and investment frameworks, CO2-EOR value chain, and gas-power linkages, modeling risked cash flows, power dispatch and economic impacts. He served in USAEE in various position and was the editor of USAEE Dialogue for several years. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College and a B.A. in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

 

Peter R. Hartley

Peter Hartley grew up on a farm in Australia, roughly 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Sydney. In 1974, he completed an honours degree at the Australian National University, majoring in mathematics. He worked for the Priorities Review Staff, and later the Economic Division, of the Prime Minister's Department in the Australian Government while completing a Masters Degree in Economics at the Australian National University in 1977.

He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Chicago in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He moved to Rice University as an Associate Professor of Economics in September 1986 and was promoted to a Full Professor in 1993. He was chair of the Department of Economics at Rice University from 2000 to 2005.

Peter has worked for more than 25 years on energy economics issues, focusing originally on electricity, but including also work on gas, oil, coal, nuclear and renewables. He wrote on reform of the electricity supply industry in Australia throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and advised the Government of Victoria when it completed the acclaimed privatization and reform of the electricity industry in that state in 1989. The Victorian reforms became the core of the wider deregulation and reform of the electricity and gas industries in Australia.

At Rice University, Peter has worked on energy economics with the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Apart from energy and environmental economics, Peter has published research on theoretical and applied issues in money and banking, business cycles, and international finance.

 

 

Evan Hillebrand

Evan Hillebrand is Professor of Geoeconomic Studies and serves as director of graduate studies. He teaches courses in Geopolitical Modeling, Economic Statecraft, Globalization, and Energy Security. Before coming to the Patterson School in 2004, Dr. Hillebrand served over 30 years as an economic analyst and econometric modeler with the Central Intelligence Agency. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

His research interests include long-term economic growth, global poverty, foreign trade, economic power, and the modeling of political relationships. He is a collaborator with the International Futures Project at the University of Denver and he consults for the National Intelligence Council, the Departments of State and Energy, the United Nations, and the European Union.

 

 

Scott Hinson

Scott leads the development of the Pecan Street Home Research Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution.

 

 

William W. Hogan

William W. Hogan is the Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy. He is Research Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group at M-R CBG and Chair of the Kennedy School Faculty Appointments Committee. He served on the faculty of Stanford University, where he founded the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF), and is past president of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). Professor Hogan's research focuses on the interaction of energy economics and public policy, with an emphasis on the restructuring of the electricity industry in the United States and worldwide. He has worked to design the market structures and market rules by which regional transmission organizations coordinate bid-based markets for energy, ancillary services, and financial transmission rights. Selected papers are available on his website, www.whogan.com. Professor Hogan received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his PhD from UCLA.

 

 

Svetlana Ikonnikova

Dr. Svetlana Ikonnikova is a Research Associate / Energy Economist in the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.Sc. and M.S. degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia and her Ph.D. from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. From 2007-2008 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and Teaching Assistant at Humboldt University of Berlin. In 2008 she started working in the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin, first as a postdoctoral fellow and since 2011 as a Research Associate. Dr. Ikonnikova has published her research in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous conferences, including USAEE, where in 2006 she was awarded “Best Student Paper Award”. Key interest of Dr. Ikonnikova is natural gas and natural gas market developments. In the past she studied supply networks delivering natural gas from the Former Soviet Republics to Europe and LNG world market. At present her research is focuses on shale gas, its production outlook and market implications.

 

 

John W. Jimison

John W. Jimison has specialized in energy policy issues and development since 1971. He is the Managing Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a project of the U.N. Foundation that seeks to identify practical solutions to energy policy dilemmas and to build bipartisan coalitions to support their adoption. Prior to joining EFC, he served as Senior Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, advising the committee’s chairmen and other members on a range of legislative issues in energy policy, with principal responsibility for energy efficiency, electric and natural gas industry issues, and shared responsibility over renewable energy. He was principal staff counsel on the energy-related provisions of the American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009, the energy efficiency and electric-grid provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and numerous other House-passed energy-related bills, such as the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, and the Rural Star Energy Loan Program Act. Mr. Jimison practiced energy and regulatory law from 1987 through 2006 in Federal and state forums, with a client base of energy-efficiency companies, companies engaged in combined heat and power, natural gas producers, municipal utilities, and other energy-related entities. From 1982-1985, he was Principal Administrator at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, responsible for electricity and natural gas policy and analysis. During the period from 1972 through 1981 he held several positions on Capitol Hill, including a previous period as Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee, service as Head of the Energy Section of the Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress), and as Professional Staff to the Senate Commerce Committee when it had jurisdiction over natural gas and electricity policy. His initial energy-related position was with a natural gas trade association in 1971, preceded by campaign and staff roles for Congressman Allard K. Lowenstein, and service in the Peace Corps in Somalia. He is a member of the D.C. and Virginia Bars, the Energy Bar Association, and serves as pro-bono General Counsel to the International and U.S. Associations for Energy Economics. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster.

 

 

Marianne S. Kah

Current Affiliation: Chief Economist, ConocoPhillips. Responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for global oil, natural gas, refining and marketing, and conducting special strategic studies. Also is the company’s expert in scenario planning. Education: B.S. (Economics) Cornell University, 1974; M.P.A. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1976. Former Affiliations: Manager of Planning, Cabot Corporation; Coordinator, Strategic Planning, Conoco, Inc.; Senior Analyst, Policy Development Group, U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation; Policy Analyst, Energy and Minerals Division, U.S. General Accounting Office. Professional Memberships: Past President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and Council Member of the International Association of Energy Economics; former President, Houston chapter of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE); Former Chair & current member of Committee on Economics and Statistics, American Petroleum Institute; Member, Women’s Energy Network of Houston. Additional Activities: Winner of 50 Key Women in Energy Award in 2003 and 2004. Winner of 2003 Senior Fellow Award from U.S. Association for Energy Economics. Presented views on energy outlook at the Montreux Energy Roundtable (2007), Aspen Institute’s Energy Policy Forum (2004, 2009, 2010), the Producer-Consumer Dialogue in Abu Dhabi (2002), the Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference (several years, including 2008), the Asian Oil & Gas Conference (several years), Cambridge Energy Research Associates Conference in Houston (2001, 2010), NYMEX (2000), International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development, Boulder (several years), Centre for Global Energy Studies conferences, U.K. (several years), the Scowcroft and Baker Institutes, International Energy 2030 Conference in Abu Dhabi (2008), conducted and participated in sessions at past USAEE conferences. While working for the U.S. Congressional GAO, led various energy studies for the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and House Fossil and Synthetic Fuels Subcommittee on oil supply disruptions, coal mining productivity, and energy emergency preparedness. Supported COP Chairman in Hewlett Foundation-sponsored National Commission on Energy Policy and participated in BiPartisan Policy Center’s study on natural gas price volatility. Participated in National Petroleum Council studies of the U.S. natural gas outlook, oil inventories and the global oil and gas outlook.

 

 

Rebecca A. Klein

Becky Klein is principal of Klein Energy LLC. Klein Energy LLC works with international and domestic energy companies to provide commercial, regulatory, legal and strategic support as they seek to enter into, or expand in, the North American power sector. She was formerly Managing Partner and Of Counsel to the Loeffler Tuggey Rosenthal Law Firm in Texas and in Washington, DC.

Ms. Klein spent eight years in Washington, DC, where she worked in the White House, the Pentagon, and the Trade Development Agency. In 2001, she was appointed commissioner and subsequently chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas during which time she oversaw the implementation of the restructuring of the $36 billion electric power market in the State, and led a national task force of state regulators on telecommunications issues.

She currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority, a public power utility headquartered in Austin, TX. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Avista Corporation, a publicly traded investor-owned utility based in the State of Washington. Ms. Klein is Chairman the non-profit, Power Across Texas that serves as a networking and learning center for energy issues throughout Texas. Ms. Klein is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. She received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from St. Mary’s University.

 

 

Robert Kleinberg

Robert L. Kleinberg has been employed by Schlumberger since 1980 and is a Schlumberger Fellow, one of less than a dozen who hold this rank in a workforce of more than 100,000. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S. Chemistry, 1971) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D. Physics, 1978). From 1978 to 1980 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory in Linden, NJ. At Schlumberger he has worked on geophysical applications of ultrasonics, electrical resistivity, nuclear magnetic resonance, and gravimetry. Recent activities include applied research on heavy oil, gas hydrate, gas shale, tight oil, and oil shale reservoirs. He advises Schlumberger senior management on long-range planning, and has served on or advised several government and academic committees on energy policy. Dr. Kleinberg has published more than 100 academic and professional papers, holds more than 30 U.S. patents, and is the inventor of several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis.

 

 

James D. Marston

Jim Marston is the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), located in Austin, where he has served since its beginning in 1988. Jim is the head of EDF's national Energy Program and also serves as Regional Director of EDF’s Texas Office.

Jim led the successful fight to stop TXU from building a dozen coal plants in Texas and ultimately negotiated a first-of-its-kind deal with private equity buyers involving more than a dozen commitments on climate change. He is also a leader of the Pecan Street, Inc., a partnership that includes Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Chamber of Commerce, and several large high/clean tech companies aimed at making fundamental changes in the nation's electricity grid. Jim also helped to design and to advocate for some of the most innovative state legislation in the country including the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard that led to almost 10,000 MW’s of new wind energy in Texas and the first-in-the-nation “no regrets” global warming law.

Jim was EDF’s State Climate Initiatives director from 2002 until 2009. In that position, he helped direct EDF’s successes in states from the west coast to New England and Florida on a wide-range of legislation and regulations to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Among EDF’s most important state climate victories was the passage of the California Car Greenhouse Gas Standards in 2002 that ultimately lead to national greenhouse standards for automobiles in 2010 and the passage of AB32 in 2006, the first state legislation with a cap on statewide emissions of greenhouse gases.

 

 

Michael M. McCall

Michael (Mike) McCall has extensive experience in pipelines and storage: gas gathering and processing; and petrochemical processing. He managed Midstream area operations and commercial groups and technical and financial support staffs during a 25 year career at Union Texas Petroleum culminating in being appointed Vice President Midstream Americas. He was the principal investigator (manager) of a joint industry/government project of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy. McCall has participated in several entrepreneurial startups and is a co-inventor on 17 US and foreign patents related to LNG and gas storage. His skill focus is on the leadership of organic and acquisition growth of midstream businesses and operational improvement of facilities. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’s Energy Industry Roundtable; and the Houston chapters of the International Association for Energy Economics and the Gas Processors Association. He has served as President, Southwest Chemical Association; and chaired the Issues Committee, National Petrochemical and Refiner’s Association. Mr. McCall has consulted to and presented topics of interest to federal and state agencies related to energy infrastructure. He provides assistance and services to energy companies in the area of midstream operations and commercial opportunities, and due diligence on acquisitions and divestitures. He holds a BS (Industrial Distribution) from Texas A&M University, and MBA, from the University of Chicago. He served as an Officer in the US Army Chemical Corps.

 

 

Brewster McCracken

Brewster McCracken is executive director of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. McCracken was one of three global smart grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the one-year anniversary conference for the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012, and he was the lead author of Pecan Street’s successful smart grid stimulus application in 2009. He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. Through his elected position, he served as a board member of Austin Energy, founded and chaired the city council’s Emerging Technologies Committee and led the city’s collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies.

Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. He is an honors graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and of Princeton University, and he holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

 

 

Ariana McKnire

Ariana McKnire recently joined Enbridge as a Natural Gas and NGL advisor. In this position, she is responsible for leading the analyses of North American natural gas market fundamentals and providing analysis and insight on NGL markets. Previously, she worked as a financial analyst in business planning for The Williams Companies’ gas pipeline business. At Williams, Ariana was responsible for analyzing trends in natural gas fundamentals to produce quarterly forecast comparisons, issue quarterly economic outlooks and publish reports on current issues for senior level management. Ariana is the current president for the Houston chapter of USAEE. She is also actively involved in a number of Houston-area professional and non-profit organizations. Ariana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Denver, earning her M.A. in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration and her B.A. magna cum laude in International Studies and French. She has also studied at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III.

 

 

Kenneth B. Medlock III

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and an adjunct professor and lecturer in the Department of Economics at Rice University. Medlock heads the Baker Institute Energy Forum’s natural gas program and is a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, which assesses the future of international natural gas trade. He has published numerous scholarly articles in his primary areas of interest: natural gas markets, energy commodity price relationships, gasoline markets, transportation, national oil company behavior, economic development and energy demand, and energy use and the environment. He also teaches courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field.

Medlock is currently the vice president for academic affairs for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). In 2001, he won (joint with Ron Soligo) the International Association for Energy Economics Award for Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. In 2011, he was given the USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award. He is also an active member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and is an academic member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC). Medlock has served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy modeling efforts. He was the lead modeler of the Modeling Subgroup of the 2003 NPC study of long-term natural gas markets in North America, and was a contributing author to the recent NPC study “North American Resource Development.”

Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000, and held the MD Anderson Fellowship at the Baker Institute from 2000 to 2001.

 

 

Richard Morgan

Richard C. Morgan is the Green Building and Emerging Technologies Manager for Austin Energy. In this position Richard is responsible for Austin Energy Green Building, Austin’s Energy Code initiatives including Zero Energy Capable Homes and the Electric Vehicles and Emerging Technologies groups.

Morgan has been involved in Green Building, affordable housing and energy efficiency for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Austin Energy in 1998 he managed affordable housing programs for seven years and was a licensed general contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Morgan is on the Board of Directors of the Green Builder Coalition. He served as staff lead and Co-chair of the Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force that developed the most aggressive energy code enhancement initiative in the U.S. and was staff lead of the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Task Force which developed one of the first and most comprehensive mandatory existing building energy audit initiatives in the country. He was also the Chair of the Energy Work Group of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee of the International Codes Council for the development of the International Green Construction Code and served on 2010 and 2011 Hearing Committees for the Green Code.

Morgan is a certified Project Management Professional and as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

 

 

Todd Onderdonk

Todd Onderdonk is a Senior Energy Advisor in ExxonMobil's Corporate Strategic Planning Department. Since joining the department in 2000, Todd has been a mainstay in developing ExxonMobil's view of the long-term energy outlook, which serves as the foundation for the Corporation’s strategic plans and investments. He is responsible for advising the Corporation on the pace and nature of energy and technology solutions – as well as public policies – likely to be adopted to support progress around the world, along with an assessment of potential implications for energy markets and the Corporation. Todd serves as a principal author of the Outlook for Energy report, ExxonMobil’s annual publication concerning the energy future. He is also active in communicating ExxonMobil's view on the energy future and related public policies to policymakers, investors, business groups, and civic organizations. Todd has worked for ExxonMobil for close to 35 years in a wide variety of executive management and senior advisory positions serving business activities around the world. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University. He and his wife have three boys and reside in Texas.

 

 

Raymond L. Orbach

Dr. Raymond Lee Orbach is Director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to today's energy-related challenges. He will also have joint appointments as a professor with tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering; the Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences; and the Jackson School of Geosciences.

Orbach was sworn in as the Department of Energy's first under secretary for science in June 2006. He was the chief scientist of the Department of Energy, and adviser to Secretary Samuel W. Bodman on science policy as well as all scientific aspects of the Department of Energy, including basic and applied research ranging from nuclear energy, to environmental clean-up of Cold War legacy sites, to defense programs. Orbach was responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the Energy Department's research and development programs and its 17 national laboratories, as well as the department's scientific and engineering education activities.

Orbach also was responsible for the department's implementation of the president's American Competitiveness Initiative, designed to help drive continued U.S. economic growth. He led the department's efforts to transfer technologies from Department of Energy national laboratories and facilities to the global marketplace.

From the time of his Senate confirmation in 2002, Orbach also was the 14th director of the Office of Science (SC) at the Department of Energy (DOE). He managed an organization that was the third largest federal sponsor of basic research in the United States, the primary supporter of the physical sciences in the country and one of the premier science organizations in the world.

From 1982 to 1992, Orbach was the provost of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and from 1992 to 2002, he was chancellor of the University of California (UC), Riverside.

Orbach received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1956. He received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He began his academic career as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University in 1960 and became an assistant professor of applied physics at Harvard University in 1961. He joined the faculty of UCLA two years later as an associate professor and became a professor in 1966.

Orbach's research in theoretical and experimental physics has resulted in the publication of more than 240 scientific articles. He has received numerous honors as a scholar including two Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships, a National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship at Tel Aviv University, the Joliot Curie Professorship at the Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielle de la Ville de Paris, the Lorentz Professorship at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, the 1991-1992 Andrew Lawson Memorial Lecturer at University of California at Riverside, the 2004 Arnold O. Beckman Lecturer in Science and Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the California Institute of Technology in 2005.

Orbach is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has held numerous visiting professorships at universities around the world and is a member of 20 scientific, professional and civic boards.

 

 

Karen Palmer

Biography coming.

 

 

Hi-chun Park

Dr. Hi-chun Park is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Inha University in Incheon, Korea. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1982 to 1985 he was an expert in integrated energy planning at the United Nations Asian and Pacific Development Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And from 1985 to 1987, before joining the Inha University, he worked as a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, a government think tank. He presided in 2001, 2003 and 2004 the Korea Resource Economics Association, the Korean Section of the IAEE. He has advised in various functions the Korean government and Korean energy industries. He has been presidents of the Korean Petroleum Industry Development Forum and the Study Group on Natural Gas Industry in Korea. He was a lead author of the Non-Energy Product Uses of Fossil Fuels and Completeness of Reporting (Chapter 5) of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. He has been working on energy efficiency in energy intensive industries, greenhouse gas emissions in non-energy product uses and energy market studies.

 

 

Tad Patzek

Tad Patzek is the Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Between 1990 and 2008, he was a Professor of Geoengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Berkeley, he was a researcher at Shell Development. Patzek is engaged in the studies of complex systems, focusing on ultra deepwater offshore operations. He briefed Congress on the BP Deepwater Horizon well disaster in the Gulf, and was a frequent guest on NPR, ABC, BBC, CNN, and CBS programs. In January 2011, Patzek became a member of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee for the Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). He recently co-wrote a popular book with Joseph Tainter, "Drilling Down: The Gulf Debacle and our Energy Dilemma."

 

 

Eric Potter

Eric Potter is Program Director for Energy Research at the Bureau of Economic Geology, a research unit of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining BEG in 2001, he worked 25 years for Marathon Oil Company. He started as an exploration geologist in the Rocky Mountains, and later worked on exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore East and West coasts and the North Slope of Alaska. In the early 1990’s he managed the exploration technology groups at Marathon’s technology center in Denver. His last assignment with Marathon was as Exploration Manager for the Midcontinent Region, based in Midland, Texas.

He received a BA degree in Geology at Dartmouth College in 1972 and a Master’s Degree in Geology at Oregon State University in 1975.

 

 

Karl R. Rabago

Karl has worked at the intersections of energy, the environment and markets for more than twenty years. He has championed and led clean energy initiatives from inside business, government and civil society in the United States and overseas. His education includes a degree in business, a degree in law and two post-doctorate law degrees. His experience includes service in the United States Army, as a professor of law, as a Public Utility Commissioner for the State of Texas, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy, in one of the largest power companies in the world, with a national environmental not-for-profit, and in one of the nation’s leading think tanks. Karl has been married for more than 31 years to his wife Pam. They have 3 grown children and a granddaughter, Avery Victoria Rábago.

 

 

Surya Rajan

Surya Rajan, IHS CERA Director, is an expert on North American natural gas supply. Mr. Rajan has more than 20 years of energy industry experience across the value chain in many sectors, including upstream exploration and production, completion technologies, tight gas operations, downstream commercial supply chain, project management, information technology, corporate management, and strategy.

In addition Mr. Rajan is actively connected with the gas industry through ongoing research, analysis, publications and presentations, and participation in industry forums. His interests and analyses have included strategic workforce issues, international corporate alliance models, country entry risk assessment, and the digital oilfield.

Before joining IHS CERA he held senior posts with Marathon Oil Corporation and Schlumberger. Mr. Rajan is a certified Project Management Professional. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he serves on the Digital Energy Program Committee for the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibitions. Mr. Rajan holds a BS from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India, and an MS from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas.

 

 

Benjamin Schlesinger

Benjamin Schlesinger, founding president of Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates in Bethesda, Maryland, and Managing Director of the Galway Group in Houston, Texas, is one of North America’s leading independent energy consultants, specializing in gas and electricity marketing, pricing, infrastructure, trading practices, strategic planning and power plant development worldwide. He has nearly four decades of experience in managing and carrying out engineering/economic analyses of complex energy issues, with particular focus on North American energy commodity movements and pricing, policies and programs. Dr. Schlesinger has advised over 400 clients in the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries, including the top utility, energy trading and producing, manufacturing, regulatory, educational, private power, and financial services companies. A former vice president of the American Gas Association and member of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Natural Gas Advisory Committee, Dr. Schlesinger has testified before the U.S. Congress and in 16 states and provinces on the direction of the gas industry, gas supplies and contracting, purchase and sales prices, royalty valuations, market value, hedging and risk management, and related industry practices. Dr. Schlesinger received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering (now Management Science and Engineering) at Stanford University and his undergraduate degrees at Dartmouth College.

 

 

Perry Schuldhaus

Perry Schuldhaus is Vice President, Regional Pipeline Development with Enbridge Pipelines Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. In his current role, Mr. Schuldhaus is responsible for the identification and development of projects to facilitate the delivery of new product ion from Alberta’s oil sands to the market hubs as well as development of regional infrastructure to serve the tight oil plays in the U.S. market. Mr. Schuldhaus has previously held the posit ions of Vice President , Business Development and Director, Market Development & Acquisitions where he had responsibility for development of new market access initiatives and the acquisition of assets that support the Liquids Pipelines strategy.

Perry has had a varied career with over twenty-five years of domestic and international experience in the energy industry. He joined Enbridge in 2004. Prior to joining Enbridge, Perry provided independent consulting services, both domestically and internationally, to clients pursuing acquisitions and the development of greenfield projects. Prior to that, Mr. Schuldhaus w as w it h Canada’s largest natural gas pipeline company where he had executive level responsibility for business development and systems; health, safety and environment; and internal audit. Perry received a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from the University of Alberta and completed the comprehensive Finance for Senior Executives program at the Harvard Business School.

 

 

Adam E. Sieminski

From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting confirmation as EIA Administrator, Mr. Sieminski served as a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council. From 2005 until March 2012, he was the Chief Energy Economist for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank’s global commodities research and trading units. Drawing on extensive industry, government, and academic sources, Mr. Sieminski forecasted energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices.

From 1998 to 2005 he served as the Director and energy strategist for Deutsche Bank’s global oil and gas equity team. Prior to that, from 1988- 1997, Mr. Sieminski was the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securities in the United States, covering the major U.S. international integrated oil companies.

He also had acted as a senior advisor to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan policy think-tank in Washington. He is a senior fellow and ex-president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and served as president of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts.

In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski to the U.S. National Petroleum Council (NPC), an advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, where he helped author the NPC’s Global Oil and Gas Study: The Hard Truths.

In addition to his affiliation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he was also an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS. He has also served as chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association and as an advisory member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the London, New York, and Washington investment professional societies, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received both an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell University.

 

 

Fereidoon "Perry" Sioshansi

Fereidoon (Perry) Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, California serving the energy sector. Dr. Sioshansi’s professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Company (SCE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Economic Research Associates (NERA), and most recently, Global Energy Decisions (GED), now called Ventyx. Dr Sioshansi provides consulting services to the industry, policy makers and regulators on a range of topics including: Market restructuring, privatization, liberalization & integrated resource planning (IRP); Climate change & sustainability; Energy efficiency, demand-side management & demand response; Smart grid, smart metering, smart devices & smart prices including “prices to devices” applications; Renewable energy technologies; and Regulatory policy, corporate strategy & scenario analysis. His two recent edited books, Electricity Market Reform: An International Perspective (2006) and Competitive Electricity Markets: Design, Implementation, Performance (2008) were published by Elsevier. A third book, Carbon Constrained: Future of Electricity is forthcoming in 2009. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with wide international circulation. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Electricity Journal where he writes the Electricity Currents section. A frequent contributor to Energy Policy, he serves on the editorial board of Utilities Policy. He has degrees in Engineering and Economics, including an MS and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.

 

 

Robert D. Stibolt

Robert D. “Bob” Stibolt brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry covering topics ranging from economic evaluation and risk analysis for upstream oil & gas exploration and development opportunities to merchant power and LNG project development, long-dated structured energy transactions, energy trading, and risk management. Mr. Stibolt is currently a managing director at the Houston-based Galway Group, LP and a vice president of Galway Capital, LP. A former partner in SDG’s Oil & Gas Practice, Mr. Stibolt leads the SDG-Galway Energy Strategy Practice, an alliance between Strategic Decisions Group and Galway that serves clients in upstream and midstream oil & gas, LNG, and energy marketing & trading. He has also served as Global Finance Advisor to the New Zealand-based Tukia Group and serves on the board of directors of the Denkmann Companies. Prior to his current position, Mr. Stibolt was senior managing director and chief risk officer of Bear Energy LP and, following the merger of the Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., into JP Morgan Chase, managing director in the JP Morgan Global Commodities Market Risk organization. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stibolt was senior vice president of strategy, portfolio & risk management for Suez Energy North America, Inc., vice president of risk strategy for Sonat Energy Services, manager of decision analysis for Atlantic Richfield Company, and a project manager with Natomas Company. Mr. Stibolt has been invited to testify on various energy issues by both the U.S. Congress and the FERC. He was among the founders of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers (CCRO) as SUEZ Energy’s representative, and has published several articles on the topics of real options and risk management. His most recent publication, “A Practitioner’s Perspective on Modeling Prices and Trade in a Globalizing Natural Gas Market,” appeared in a special issue of The Energy Journal in 2009. Mr. Stibolt holds a BSE degree from Princeton University in aerospace & mechanical sciences/ engineering-physics and an MS degree from Stanford University in management science & engineering.

 

 

Douglas J. Suttles

Mr. Suttles is a 2008 recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni Distinguished Mechanical Engineer Award. Mr. Suttles' extensive expertise in the oil and gas industry, his community involvement, his continued support of the University of Texas and the Cockrell School of Engineering and his leadership as a mentor and role model to young engineers makes him an excellent addition to the Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Doug Suttles was named president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., taking over the company's top spot effective Jan. 1, 2007. He also joined the board of BP America and the BP America Operations Advisory Board. BP, based in London, is the top oil and natural gas producer in the United States and has 40 percent of its assets and workers in North America.

Mr. Suttles previously worked eight years for BP in Alaska in various engineering and leadership roles and has 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry. He has held a number of senior leadership posts in BP, including president of BP Sakhalin Inc., where he was responsible for BP's activities in Sakhalin, Russia, and its joint venture with Rosneft, a major Russian oil company. Mr. Suttles has held other senior leadership roles in BP, including vice president for Northern North Sea operations and president of BP's Trinidadian oil business. Mr. Suttles was with Exxon in Oklahoma and Texas, prior to joining BP.

Mr. Suttles volunteers his time and talents to community organizations. He serves on the boards of The Anchorage Museum Association, The Foraker Group and the Nature Conservancy. He is currently 1st Vice President and board member for The Alaska Oil and Gas Association. He supports charitable organizations such as the Texas4000, Anchorage's City-wide Clean-up, BP's United Way campaign, Polar Bear Plunge for cancer and BP's annual Teachers of Excellence awards.

Mr. Suttles is a regular donor to the Friends of Alec Fund and the Cockrell School of Engineering Excellence Fund. He serves as a member of the Dean's Engineering Advisory Board.

Mr. Suttles received a B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1983.

 

 

Scott Tinker

Scott Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and acting Associate Dean of Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Scott spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry prior to coming to UT in 2000. Scott is past elected President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), past president of the Association of American State Geologists, and current president of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Tinker has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the AAPG and Society of Petroleum Engineers, a Distinguished Ethics Lecturer for the AAPG, and is the current GSA Halbouty Distinguished Lecturer. Tinker is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Geoscience Advisory Boards at Sandia National Lab and the University of Michigan, Trinity University Board of Visitors, and several other private, professional, and academic advisory boards. Tinker was recently named a “Top Producer in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine. Tinker’s degrees are from the University of Colorado (Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (MS), and Trinity University (BS). Tinker’s passion is building bridges between academia, industry and government and towards that end he has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures, visited nearly 50 countries, and most recently co-produced and is featured in the acclaimed documentary film on global energy, SWITCH.

 

 

Nat Treadway

Mr. Nat Treadway is a founding member of Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC, a management consulting firm focused on aligning consumer behavior and the business objectives of its clients with the future of energy and environment. Mr. Treadway works with competitive energy suppliers and energy utilities to create a strategic vision of future markets, conduct policy and economic analysis of the electric industry in North America, and promote market structures that increase business opportunities for energy suppliers and solution providers. He has long championed energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and the ability of consumers to choose among alternative energy service options. As a policy advisor to the Public Utility Commission of Texas from 1995 to 1999, he spearheaded the adoption of distributed generation interconnection guidelines, initiated the separation of regulated wires functions from competitive energy services, gave voice (through Deliberative Polling®) to Texans' desire for renewable resources and energy efficiency, and helped prepare biennial reports to the Texas Legislature on the Scope of Competition in Electric Markets in Texas.

 

 

Jaime Williams

Jaime Williams is a Chemical Engineer from Universidad Autónoma de México, and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the J. L. KELLOGG GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, at NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. He also holds post-graudate degrees in Environmental Control and Financial Risk Management.

Jaime started his professional career in a Mexican Water Treatment and Environmental Services Company as General Manager, and then was hired by CEMEX as Energy Planning Manager, where he was in charge of the short and long term planning of Cemex´s energy strategy. After several years at Cemex, Mr. Williams became Comercial Director and later on President of Enron de México, overseeing the power plant development and financial energy derivatives businesses in Mexico for the Company.

In 2002, Mr. Wiliams moved on to Cargill Risk Management as Managing Director, to oversee the energy over the counter risk management products business for industrial customers in Mexico and the U.S.

Today, he is General Director of Gas Industrial de Monterrey, one of the highest volume Mexican Gas Transport Companies today, and leads the Foro de Energía y Cambio Climático, an Energy and Climate Change Think Tank, where several of the largest industrial groups in Mexico work together to make technically and economically sound proposals to the Mexican authorities in order to safeguard the competitiveness of the industrial sector.

From 2008 to 2012 he was the President of the Energy and Climate Change Commission of the Industrial Chambers Confederation (CONCAMIN).

Currently he is President of the Energy Commission of the Business Coordination Council (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, CCE). He is member of the Board of: CESPEDES (Sustainability Commission of Consejo Coordinador Empresarial - CCE), Industry Chamber in Nuevo León, México (CAINTRA), Proteak, SAPIB (Sustainable Forestry), IPA (Instituto para la Protección Ambiental), Nuevo León, and Secretary of AMEE (Asociación Mexicana para la Economía Energética).

He is married and has 2 children.

 

 

Pat Wood III

Pat Wood, III, an energy infrastructure developer based in Houston, has a long career in energy. He is the past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. In his regulatory career in the natural gas, transportation, telecommunications and electric power industries, Wood was a forceful advocate for replacing government-centered energy regulation with competition.

Wood believes that robust infrastructure is essential for energy markets to work well, so today his project development focus is on power generation, independent power transmission and natural gas facilities. Wood led a successful effort with Sharyland Utilities and Irish wind developer Airtricity to build power transmission into the Texas Panhandle to attach 8,000 MW of new generation resources. He remains involved with Sharyland/Hunt Transmission in the development of power infrastructure.

Wood is a director of four infrastructure companies: SunPower (lead independent director), Quanta Services, Dynegy (chairman) and Xtreme Power Solutions. He also serves as a strategic advisor to Natural Gas Partners, a private equity firm, is a member of the National Petroleum Council and is a director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Under Governor George W. Bush, Wood chaired the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which introduced competition to the wholesale and retail electric power industries. The restructured Texas electric market is considered to be the most robustly competitive energy market in the country with over eighty percent of customers choosing competitively provided service, and over $34 billion invested in new power infrastructure since the Texas restructuring law was passed in 1999, including over 10,000 MW of new renewable energy.

During his four years at the helm of the FERC, Wood led the response to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, the bankruptcy of Enron, the significant rise in fuel prices and the 2003 Northeastern power blackout. In doing so, he promoted the development of a cleaner, more competitive power generation fleet, liquefied natural gas terminals, and a more robust power transmission grid, all in the context of well-ordered competitive energy markets.

Wood holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, where he recently named a Distinguished Graduate of Texas A&M’s Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. Wood received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was student body president. He and his wife, the former Kathleen Ryder, are the parents of four highly active sons.

 

 

Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Yergin is the author of the new bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.

In selecting Dr. Yergin as one of the “hundred people who mattered” worldwide, Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”

The Quest has been called “a masterly piece of work” by The Economist and hailed by the Financial Times as “a triumph”. The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for C.E.O.’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others. Bill Gates summed up his review saying, “This is a fantastic book.”

Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 17 languages.

Dr. Yergin is Chairman and Founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA), one of the leading energy advisory firms in the world, and he serves as CNBC’s Global Energy Expert.

Of Dr. Yergin’s book Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy, which has been translated into 13 languages, the Wall Street Journal said, “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award-winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC.

Dr. Yergin was awarded the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He received the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy.

Dr. Yergin serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a member of the advisory board’s subcommittee that issued its report on shale gas at the request of President Obama.

Dr. Yergin is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a trustee of the Brookings Institution and a member of the board of the New America Foundation and the US-Russian Business Council. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, Singapore’s International Energy Advisory Board, and the advisory boards for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Institute for 21st century. He is a “Wise Man” of the International Gas Union and the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas.

Dr. Yergin holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Before founding IHS CERA, he taught at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

 

 
 

 

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