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Irena Agalliu

Irena Agalliu, Managing Director with IHS CERA is an expert in international energy law and economics, worldwide fiscal arrangements, commercial risk, and other aboveground risk investment-related issues. Based in Houston, Ms. Agalliu leads the regulatory support offering of Energy and Natural Resources Consulting at IHS. She has extensive experience in assessing commercial and regulatory risk and advising governments and NOCs on regulatory and contractual developments that impact E&P activities worldwide and assisting governments in formulating policies and decisions to foster an attractive investment climate.

She has led various IHS studies comparing upstream oil and gas fiscal systems and authored the study for the U.S. Department of the Interior “Comparative Assessment of the Federal Oil and Gas Fiscal System” 2011. Ms Agalliu has provided independent expert review of proposed legislation governing petroleum upstream, midstream and downstream activities, revenue management in the oil and gas sector as well as local content participation before legislatures of several African nations.

Ms. Agalliu holds an LLM with distinction in Petroleum Law Policy and Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Ms Agalliu was elected to the Board of AIPN in 2008 and served as Vice President of External Affairs for the 2009-2011 term and Vice President of Planning for the 2011-2012 term. She is the co-chair of the AIPN Oil and Gas Asset Valuation Workshop.

 

 

Brian Anderson

Brian J. Anderson is the GE Plastics Professor and an associate professor of chemical engineering at West Virginia University (WVU) as well a NETL-RUA Faculty Fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Since 2008, he has been the co-coordinator of the International Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simulator Code Comparison study. Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2000 at WVU and his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

After joining the faculty at WVU in January of 2006, he coauthored the MIT report, “The Future of Geothermal Energy: Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century,” considered the seminal report on EGS and the future of geothermal energy. In 2011, he was awarded a Secretary Honor Achievement Award from the Secretary of the Department of Energy for his role on the Flow Rate Technical Group, a team spanning multiple National Laboratories that worked in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the summer of 2010. He serves on the technical advisory board of AltaRock Energy and as a member of the DOE Geothermal Strategic Planning and Analysis Working Group. In the summer of 2011, along with colleagues from Stanford, MIT, Cornell, University of Utah, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Nevada, he cofounded the National Geothermal Academy. In 2010, Dr. Anderson was selected to the National Academy of Science's 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education Workshop, named the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Teacher of the Year, and was the Keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Gas Hydrates.

 

 

Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.)

Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) became the President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on January 1, 2011. Prior to Alyeska, Admiral Barrett was the deputy federal coordinator for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects (OFC), managing the Alaska field office.

Before joining OFC, Barrett was Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. He was confirmed August 8, 2007 and served until May 23, 2009 under both President Bush and President Obama. As the Department's chief operating officer he was responsible for day-to-day management of DOT's $61.1 billion budget, 10 modal administrations, and approximately 60,000 employees.

Barrett previously served as the first Administrator of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), directing the agency's national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, he served 35 years in the United States Coast Guard and attained the position of Vice Commandant, the number two position in the Coast Guard. He commanded Coast Guard operations in Alaska and the North Pacific from 1999 to 2002, emphasizing safety and environmental protection. Other Alaska tours included Kodiak and Juneau, and he and his wife have lived in Alaska for 17 years.

Barrett earned a B.S. in Biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University. He is a Vietnam veteran. His wife Sheila is a former kindergarten teacher who taught in Kodiak and Juneau, as well as other states. They have 4 children: Tom, an army aviator stationed in Hawaii, Matt an IT professional in Missoula, Montana, Becky, a special ed teacher in Spokane, Washington, and Paul a facility supervisor at UAA. Both Tom and Paul are Iraq combat veterans.

 

 

Ray Boswell

Dr. Ray Boswell currently serves as the Technology Manager for Natural Gas Technology programs at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. In this position, he is responsible for framing and directing research programs in Methane Hydrates and in Unconventional Gas Resource development in partnership with industry, academia, DOE’s National Labs, international research programs, and other federal agencies.

Dr. Boswell has a B.S. degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from West Virginia University. He began his career as a geologist for Chevron USA Inc., with emphasis on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas development. He has lead integrated research teams in the assessment of tight gas resources in Appalachia, the Mid-Continent, and Mountain West basins and has served as a co-chief scientist for gas hydrate field projects in the Indian Ocean, on the Alaska North Slope, and in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Lawson Brigham

Dr. Lawson W. Brigham is Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During 2005-2009 he was chair of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment and Vice Chair of the Council’s working group on Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment. Dr. Brigham was a career U.S. Coast Guard officer serving from 1970-95 and retiring with the rank of Captain. He commanded four Coast Guard cutters including the patrol cutter Point Steele, Great Lakes icebreaker Mobile Bay, the medium endurance cutter Escanaba and the polar icebreaker Polar Sea; he also served as Chief of Strategic Planning at Coast Guard Headquarters. He has participated in more than 15 Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, and during summer 1994 Polar Sea crossed the Arctic Ocean for science with the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. Dr. Brigham has been a research fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a faculty member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, and Alaska Office Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (BS), a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, and holds graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil & PhD). His research interests have focused on the Russian maritime Arctic, Arctic climate change, marine transportation, Arctic futures, remote sensing of sea ice, and polar geopolitics. Captain Brigham was a 2008 signer of the American Geographical Society’s Flier’s and Explorer’s Globe, the Society’s historic globe of exploration. This signing was in recognition of Polar Sea’s 1994 voyages becoming the first ship in history to reach the extreme ends of the global ocean. He was named the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and currently serves as a member of NOAA’s federal Hydrographic Services Review Panel. Dr. Brigham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

 

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 is an officer in the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. 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.

 

 

Patricia Cochran

Patricia Cochran was born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Ms. Cochran serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Native Science Commission, an organization that brings together research and science in partnership with Alaska Native communities. Ms. Cochran also served as Chair of the 2009 Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change and is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Network on Climate Change. She is the past Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an international organization representing 160,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Russian and Greenland; former Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat to the 8 nation, Arctic Council; and former Arctic Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Ms. Cochran has served as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous research projects throughout the Arctic, including the Community Partnership for Self Reliance & Sustainability, the Survey of Living Conditions, Traditional Knowledge and Contaminants Project, Indigenous Knowledge Systems Colloquium and Bering Sea Sub Network. Ms. Cochran has extensive knowledge of key issues impacting Arctic communities and has spoken at forums worldwide. She has written numerous articles and publications and appeared internationally on programs reporting on climate change and indigenous issues.

Ms. Cochran previously served as Administrator of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage; Executive Director of the Alaska Community Development Corporation; Local Government Program Director with the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and Director of Employment and Training for the North Pacific Rim Native Corporation (Chugachmiut).

Ms. Cochran has served as Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association; Science Advisor to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; Member of the Science Steering committee for the National Science Foundation Human Dimension of the Arctic System; Advisory Committee Member for NSF Office of Polar Programs; Chair of the Indigenous People’s Working Group for the International Congress on Circumpolar Health; Treasurer and Governing Council Member of the International Union for Circumpolar Health; Member of the National Native Science Education Advisory Council; Member of the National Research Council Committee on Managing Wolf and Bear Populations in Alaska and Committee on Cumulative Environmental Effects of Alaskan North Slope Oil and Gas Activities; Board Member of the American Society for Circumpolar Health, President of the Albrecht-Milan Foundation, Board President of the Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis center; Member of the Southcentral Native Educators’ Association; Steering Committee Member of the Northern Research Forum, Working Group Member of ICARP II (International Conference on Arctic Research Planning), Program Steering Committee Member of the Native American Cancer Research Partnership, Vice Chair of the Advisory Panel for North Pacific Research Board, President of Spirit Days Incorporated, U.S. lead for the Youth and Elders Initiative of the Arctic Council, Board Member of the Alaska Forum on the Environment and Commissioner of the Aspen Institute Dialogue and Commission on Climate Change.

 

 

Leah Cuyno

Leah Cuyno joined Northern Economics in May 2001. She earned a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Michigan State University, both in Agricultural and Applied Economics with a specialization in environmental economics. Leah’s dissertation research involved assessing the risks of pesticide use on human health, non-target species, and the environment, and determining society’s willingness to pay to reduce these risks. For her master’s thesis, she developed a framework for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a nonpoint source pollution control program in Michigan.

Prior to joining Northern Economics, Leah worked as an economist for a non-government organization specializing in resource economics and environmental policy in the Philippines. She was involved in the USAID-funded Environmental and Natural Resources Accounting Project and a project on integrated resource management. Her work and research in the Philippines examined poverty alleviation, use of market-based instruments for environmental management, and resource accounting using market and non-market valuation.

Leah’s work at Northern Economics focuses on assessment of economic and fiscal impacts of infrastructure/development projects. Her field of interest is in the energy sector and she has been closely involved in studies on rural energy, as well as oil and gas issues in Alaska.

 

 

Gregg Erickson

After service at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research,
Erickson took an appointment in 1972 as a research fellow with Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C., think-tank, and later joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee. Gregg returned to Alaska in 1976 to become the Alaska Legislature’s first director of research. In 1984 he joined the office of Alaska’s governor, where he served as senior economist. Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill he was tapped to lead the state’s oil spill impact assessment and restoration efforts. In 1991, Gregg opened his economic consulting firm, Erickson & Associates. In the same year he co-founded the Alaska Budget Report, a newsletter with which he remains associated.

Erickson maintains his economic consulting practice, and frequently testifies as an expert in state and federal courts (see www.EricksonEconomics.com). He is the co-author of Mining and Public Policy in Alaska, the editor of two other books on economic issues, and the author or coauthor of more than 160 articles, papers and monographs on Alaska economics, public finance and fiscal policy issues. He has a longstanding interest in the history and economics of resource based basic income grants. He is the author or co-author of three chapters in the Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, March 2012).

Erickson joined the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation board in 2000, and served three terms as the foundation’s treasurer. He currently serves on the RSF investment committee and chairs the board of trustees of the RSF employee pension fund.

 

 

Mark J. 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 60th year), and regularly presents BP’s views on global energy markets to external audiences.

Mr. Finley previously was Vice President for Business and Government Affairs of the International Association of Energy Economics and is the former Chairman of the 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.

 

 

Matthew Foss

Matthew Foss is the Executive Director of Economics and Markets with Alberta Energy. In his current role with the Province, Matthew is leading a team of professionals that provide advice and support to the Alberta Government on energy related projects with respect to energy prices, markets and the investment climate. Matthew led the joint government and industry technical team that was asked to report on Alberta's competitiveness with respect to oil and gas resource development and provide recommendations on how to restructure Alberta's fiscal regimes in response to changing dynamics particularly in the natural gas industry. Prior to his present position, he served as Senior Economist with the Canadian Energy Research Institute where he led in the development of natural gas price forecasting and was involved in energy research reports primarily related to natural gas supply, demand and costs. Matthew graduated with both a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.

 

 

William Furlow

Bill Furlow is the former Editor-in-Chief of Offshore magazine, and has served as the Programming Manager for the Offshore Technology Conference. Mr. Furlow currently holds the position of Senior Manager of Business Development at the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he identifies and advances partnership and new business opportunities around the globe.

Although not a licensed engineer, Mr. Furlow has 18+ years of experience writing about the Upstream Exploration and Production market. In that time, he has helped to create dozens of focused technical events addressing a variety of oil field related topics. His areas of focus are Project Management, Facilities Selection, and Offshore Construction and Installation. Mr. Furlow holds an Undergraduate Degree in Communications from Southern Methodist University, a Master’s Degree in Public Relations, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. Mr. Furlow currently resides in McKinney, Texas with his wife Molly and two beautiful children, Madison and Ancel.

 

 

Roland R. George

Mr. George joined the National Energy Board (NEB) as a permanent Board Member on 8 August 2006. Previously, for over a quarter century, he worked primarily in the private energy sector. Prior to his appointment to the NEB, he was Senior Principal at Purvin & Gertz, an international energy-consulting firm (1998-2006; Calgary). There Mr. George led the North American natural gas practice. He also held increasingly senior positions with: the Canadian Energy Research Institute (Vice President Electricity & Natural Gas Research; 1994-2006; Calgary), Gaz Métropolitain (Chief Economist & Executive Advisor - Strategy; Director - Marketing Programs; and other positions in gas supply, regulatory affairs, and business development; 1983-1993; Montréal), Téléglobe Canada (Advisor - Corporate & Regulatory Affairs; 1981-1983; Montréal) and Canadian Pacific Limited (Analyst - Economic & Financial Analysis; 1979-1981; Montréal). Mr. George holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (1994; Montréal), a Master's degree in Economics (MA) from Carleton University (1979; Ottawa) and a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Mathematics (major) and Computer Science from McGill University (1977; Montréal). Mr. George is currently a member of the Regulatory Policy Standing Committee, one of two standing committees at the NEB. He was previously on the NEB Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) and he was previously Chair of its Education Committee. Mr. George was also the Chair of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators’ Working Group on Competitiveness and Affordability. He is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Centre for Public Utilities’ Advisory Council, the International Association of Energy Economists, and the Economics Society of Calgary. Prior to his appointment to the NEB, he was also active on industry associations and committees.

 

 

Steve Gilbert

Steve Gilbert serves as manager of energy projects development for Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. Before starting at AVEC he served as senior manager of Alliant Energy’s four wind farms in three states; Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, (567 megawatts), where he organized the company’s new wind O&M group. He has worked in Alaska for more than 25 year. Prior to Alliant Steve worked in Alaska for a major wind project developer, enXco and before that for Chugach Electric where he served as Manager, Energy Projects Development and O&M. During his years at the utility he managed three of the company’s four power plants, served as electrical lead for a 1 MW fuel cell and micro turbine projects and renewable energy projects such as wind, now known as Fire Island. Steve is recognized as a leading expert on wind energy and has been active on a national level in operation and maintenance of wind power plants. He is the current chair of a national wind power O&M users group. Steve recently received a professional achievement award for his pioneering work in wind power plant operations and maintenance.





After completing training in electrical power engineering technology in Wisconsin Steve started his career in 1980 in start-up of large coal, nuclear and gas turbine power plants. He provided consulting and technical services to client companies across the U.S. Steve was Alaska’s electrical engineer of the year in 2000 and for the 12 western states in 2001. He has been a regular lecturer at schools and universities on renewables, especially wind. He also worked with BP wind in London assessing European wind prospects. Steve recently completed his MBA.

 

 

Scott Goldsmith

Professor Goldsmith has been a faculty member of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) since 1975 and was Institute Director from 2001 to 2005. ISER is a public policy research institute within the College of Business and Public Policy of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Professor Goldsmith’s research interests include regional economics, Alaska fiscal policy, and energy policy. He is the principal author of the ongoing Fiscal Policy Papers series, which examines the fiscal implications of the dominance of petroleum in Alaska’s tax base. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence, presented by the University of Alaska Foundation.

Professor Goldsmith is a native of Chicago, graduated from Princeton, and earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison after serving in the Peace Corps in Malaysia.

 

 

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.

 

 

Rögnvaldur Hannesson

Rögnvaldur Hannesson is professor of economics at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. He was born and raised in Iceland, and got his Ph.D. in economics in 1974 from the University of Lund, Sweden. His academic career has been in Norway. His main research interests are in fisheries economics and petroleum economics. He has published many papers and several books on these subjects; among which are "Petroleum Economics", "Investing for Sustainability: the Management of Mineral Wealth," and "The Privatization of the Oceans." He has been visiting professor at universities in the United States, Australia and Germany and consultant to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the OECD, and the World Bank. He is a frequent contributor to Norwegian newspapers.

 

 

Billy W. Harris

Billy W. Harris has worked internationally and domestically in various roles and capacities in drilling, completion, and production operations, reservoir engineering, property valuation, and as expert witness. He began his career in Midland for Conoco in 1978 and has worked for the last 22 years for Wagner & Brown, Ltd. as Senior Petroleum Engineer, where much of his work has focused on tight gas and tight oil plays. Mr. Harris was a Director on the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International Board from 2008 – 2011, where he served on the Board Committee on Finance & Administration and chaired the Board Committee on Education and Professional Activities. He is currently in his third year as chairman of the SPE Liquids-Rich Basins Conference. Mr. Harris received a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

 

 

Brian Hirsch

Dr. Brian Hirsch is the Senior Project Leader for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Alaska Initiative. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Serving in this position since early 2009, Dr. Hirsch leads project development teams to advance efficiency and renewable energy technologies in numerous remote communities under the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program, chairs the Alaska Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee, is on the Steering Committee for the Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group, assessed Alaska’s stranded renewable energy resources, and participated in the Fire Island Wind Project. Previously, Dr. Hirsch led the installation of the first in-stream hydrokinetic turbine in the US for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, a coalition of 70 Tribes and First Nations in Alaska and Canada. He was previously owner and President of Deerstone Consulting, a renewable energy consulting firm working in rural Alaska and Canada, and for over a decade the founder and Executive Director of Earth Energy Systems, a non-profit organization assisting indigenous communities throughout North and Central America to educate and install wind turbines and solar electric systems. Dr. Hirsch was an elected Board member of Homer Electric Association, a rural electric cooperative serving 20,000 rate payers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. He received a Masters certification in Energy Analysis and Policy and a Doctorate in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on energy issues in northern regions of the world and a BS in Government/Political Science with a concentration in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

 

 

Alex Iyerusalimskiy

Alex Iyerusalimskiy has over 30 year experience in marine arctic technology development, focusing on ship ice performance, concept design, and Arctic transportation system modeling, as well as oil and gas offshore activities marine support. He holds a PhD degree in Naval Architecture and his expertise covers the development of ships and floating systems for ice in Russia, United States and Canada. He has also led or participated in 23 ice trials, instrumentation and data collection programs in Arctic, Antarctic, and other ice infested regions.

 

 

D. Douglas Johnson

Doug, a fourth-generation Alaskan, is instrumental in developing and implementing business and political strategies for ORPC in Alaska. He brings to the company more than 30 years of experience as a geological engineer, project manager, and management consultant.

 

 

Marianne Kah

Ms. Kah is the chief economist at ConocoPhillips where she is responsible for developing the company's market outlooks for global oil, natural gas, refining and marketing, and conducting special strategic studies.She is also the company's expert in scenario planning.Ms. Kah's former affiliations include Cabot Corporation (manager of planning), Conoco, Inc. (strategic planning coordinator), U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation - policy development group (senior analyst), U.S.General Accounting Office - energy and minerals division (policy analyst).Ms. Kah is the former chair and current member of the committee on economics and statistics of the American Petroleum Institute.She was a member of the National Association of Manufacturers chief economist's forum (2003).Ms. Kah is also a member of the energy & transportation group ( Ms. Kah was the winner of the 50 Key Women in Energy Award in 2003 and 2004.She was also the winner of the 2003 senior fellow award from the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.Ms. Kah is a frequent speaker at energy conferences.She has also participated in recent National Petroleum Council studies of the U.S. natural gas outlook and oil inventories.Ms. Kah received her B.S. in economics from Cornell University in 1974 and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in 1976.

 

 

Meera Kohler

Meera Kohler is the President and CEO of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, a non-profit utility serving almost 8,000 consumers in 55 villages – home to more than 40% of Alaska’s village population.

Meera has been a resident of Alaska since 1976 and in the electric utility business since 1979, almost entirely in rural Alaska. She has been the chief executive officer of three Alaskan utilities and has been at the helm of AVEC since 2000.

Meera has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Delhi, India.

 

 

Skip A. Laitner

John A. “Skip” Laitner is a Senior Fellow and former Director of Economic and Social Analysis for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He now leads a team of consultants, the Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates based in Tucson, Arizona. He previously served almost 10 years as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He left the federal service in June 2006 to focus his research on developing a more robust technology and behavioral characterization of energy efficiency resources for use in energy and climate policy analyses and within economic policy models.

In 1998 Skip was awarded EPA's Gold Medal for his work with a team of economists to evaluate the impact of different strategies that might assist in the implementation of smart climate policies. In 2003 the US Combined Heat and Power Association gave him an award to acknowledge his contributions to the policy development of that industry. In 2004 his paper, “How Far Energy Efficiency?” catalyzed new research into the proper the characterization of efficiency as a long-term resource.

Author of more than 280 reports, journal articles, and book chapters, Skip has more than 40 years of involvement in the environmental, energy and economic policy arenas. His expertise includes benefit-cost assessments, behavioral assessments, resource costs and constraints, and the net employment and macroeconomic impacts of energy and climate policy scenarios. His most immediate research focuses on two areas. The first, building on the work of Robert U. Ayres and Benjamin Warr, examines the links between energy inefficiency and a productive economy. In a new book chapter, Skip provides a time series dataset that suggests the United States may be only 14 percent energy-efficient, and that it is this level of inefficiency which may constrain the future development of a more robust economy. The second area explores the larger energy efficiency and economic productivity benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Skip has been invited to provide technical seminars in diverse places as Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, and Spain. His clients have ranged from the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation to the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Semiconductor Industry Association, the Argonne National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the University of Oregon, teaching graduate courses on the Economics of Technology. Skip has a master’s degree in Resource Economics from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH.

Among Skip’s recent publications is a report for which he was the lead author in January 2012, The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential: What the Evidence Suggests. Among the key findings in that report is that the U.S. has the capacity to reduce the nation’s long-term energy needs by about one-half and still maintain a robust economy. He also co-edited a book with his colleague Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings. Both publications were released by the Washington, DC think-tank, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

 

 

Roger Marks

Roger Marks is an economist in private practice in Anchorage, specializing in energy taxation and petroleum economics. Before entering private practice five years ago, Marks was a petroleum economist with the State of Alaska Department of Revenue, Tax Division, for 25 years. He spent much of that time analyzing the oil and gas production tax, and had a salient role in the design of the statutory and regulatory structure of the tax.

 

 

Karen Matthias

Karen Matthias is the managing consultant for the Council of Alaska Producers, a statewide, non-profit trade association representing Alaska’s large metal mines and advanced development projects. Matthias advocates on behalf of the industry, in particular its positive economic impact in Alaska.

Prior to starting her consulting company in Anchorage in 2010, Matthias was a Canadian diplomat for sixteen years. After assignments in Ottawa and Eastern Europe, she came to Anchorage in 2004 to open Canada's first consulate in Alaska.

Matthias serves on the boards of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Resource Development Council and the Institute of the North. In 2008, she was named one of Alaska's Top 40 under Forty.

 

 

Melville McMillan

Melville McMillan is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of Alberta. He served as Chair of the Economics Department from 1987 to 1997. His BA and MSc are from the University of Alberta and his PhD is from Cornell University. He was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) before joining the University of Alberta in 1975.

McMillan’s research and teaching interests are in public economics and, in particular, urban and local economics, fiscal federalism, and the demand for and supply of public goods and services. These interests were the focus of his research while on leaves at the Australian National University, Canberra and at the University of York, England. He has published extensively in these areas and has also advised governments and organizations nationally and internationally (e.g., the World Bank).

From 1994 to 2011, he served as a faculty association representative on the Sponsors Working Group of the Universities’ Academic Pension Plan. Melville McMillan retired as of July 2010 but is currently on a reduced time post-retirement contract.

 

 

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 Rice University’s Baker Institute and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, as well as an adjunct professor and lecturer in the Department of Economics at Rice University. He is a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, aimed at assessing 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 also held the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, West Australia from 2012-2013. Medlock is 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). He has served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy market 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 “Prudent Development – Realizing the Potential of North America’s Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources.” Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000.

 

 

Marc Mueller-Stoffels

Marc Mueller-Stoffels is the lead researcher for the Wind-Diesel Applications Center and Hybrid Applications Testbed at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). Marc's research focuses on the integration of variable generation sources into isolated micro grids. Most recently he has lead to testing of a inverter-battery system to enable diesel-off mode in high contribution wind scenarios. Prior to joining ACEP, Marc has developed regional scale climate models with focus on Arctic sea ice, and has chaired a small software company specializing in optimization algorithms. Marc holds graduate degrees in physics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Otago University, New Zealand.

 

 

Senator Murkowski

 

 

Shirley J. Neff

Shirley Neff is a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Ms. Neff has extensive public and private energy sector experience. Prior to joining EIA, she was the Democratic economist for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a senior advisor to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission. She started her career in energy at the Kansas Corporation Commission. Her private sector experience included Shell Oil Company and the pipeline industry.

She is a Senior Fellow and past President of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) and a former member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) and the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee. She also served on the advisory board of the Center for Energy Economics at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin and as a Senior Associate with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She taught a graduate class in energy policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She received her B.S. in economics from Iowa State University and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

David Newbery

David Newbery, CBE, FBA is the 2013 President of the IAEE, a Research Fellow in the Control and Power Research Group at Imperial College London, a Director of the Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics both at the University of Cambridge, England. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. Educated at Cambridge with degrees in Mathematics and Economics, he has managed research projects on utility privatisation and regulation, electricity restructuring and market design, transmission access pricing and has active research on market integration, transmission planning and finance, climate change policies, and the design of energy policy and energy taxation. Occasional economic advisor to Ofgem, Ofwat, and ORR, former member of the Competition Commission and chairman of the Dutch Electricity Market Surveillance Committee, currently member of Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund and the Deputy Independent Member of the Single Electricity Market of Ireland. Recent books include A European Market for Electricity? (co-author), and Privatization, Restructuring and Regulation of Network Utilities. Guest editor of The Energy Journal (2005) issue on European electricity liberalisation, and recently honoured in “Papers in Honor of David Newbery: The future of electricity” in The Energy Journal (2008).

 

 

Larry Persily

Larry Persily serves as the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, leading a staff in Washington, DC, and Anchorage, AK, to coordinate the work of federal permitting agencies for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline.

President Barack Obama nominated Persily for the job on Dec. 9, 2009; Senate confirmation came March 10, 2010, and Persily started work the next week.

Before taking on the federal assignment, Persily worked for more than a decade in Alaska on oil and gas issues for three Alaska governors and the Alaska state legislature, including the ongoing effort to develop a pipeline to move North Slope gas to market.

Most recent to his federal post, Persily served as an associate director in the Alaska governor's office in Washington, working on oil and gas, arctic, commerce, transportation and tax issues, and as an aide to the Alaska State House Finance Committee Co-Chairman, handling oil and gas issues.

Persily served as an assistant to the commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue from 1997 to 1999 and as deputy revenue commissioner 1999 to 2003. He returned to the department in 2004 to assist the state in its work to negotiate a contract with North Slope oil and gas producers toward developing a natural gas pipeline.

He also has consulted on energy and fiscal issues for the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Alaska Municipal League. Persily has represented the state at numerous oil and gas conferences over the years. He has presented on Alaska oil and gas and fiscal issues at events nationally and internationally.

Persily also has had a long career in journalism in Alaska, working as an editor at the Anchorage Daily News, Juneau Empire and The Paper [Juneau], and working as a reporter for Petroleum News, the Associated Press, Anchorage Daily News and Anchorage Times. He co-owned the Wrangell Sentinel from 1976 to 1984.

Persily graduated in 1972 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

 

 

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.

 

 

Douglas B. Reynolds

Dr. Douglas B. Reynolds is a professor of petroleum and energy economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has done research in oil and natural gas supply, natural gas pipeline projects and non-renewable resource scarcity. He has extensive experience in Alaska’s and the world’s oil, natural gas and energy industries. He has worked, studied or researched energy issues in Kazakstan, Mexico, Norway, Russia and Poland. He has done energy consulting for the State of Alaska and has several academic articles in the energy field as well as editorials, general articles and published books, including "Scarcity and Growth Considering Oil and Energy.” His current book, “Energy Civilization” explores historical economies relative to energy supplies.

Being at the forefront of energy scarcity issues due to living in Fairbanks, Alaska, one of the coldest major cities in North America and a city with no cheap supply of natural gas and a city where 90% of residents heat with fuel oil and buy electricity produced by fuel oil, Dr. Reynolds heats his home with a coal boiler and rides his bike to work.

 

 

Jeff Rickert

eff Rickert is the Deputy Director of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and runs the AFL-CIO Center on Green Jobs. In this capacity, oversees the programs of the Institute and their implementation, while also assisting the AFL-CIO and unions to pursue workforce and economic development strategies, particularly those related to green jobs, and creating partnerships to develop pathways out of poverty into High Road careers. He brings more than 15 years of working to get America on the economic and environmental high road.

Most recently, Jeff was the Policy Director for Green For All, and organization committed to advocating for and creating jobs in the green economy that are accessible to underrepresented communities. In that role, he developed Federal policy initiatives working with the Federal Administration and both Chambers of the US Congress. Prior to that, he provided consulting services and public policy advice on climate change and energy policy to the clients of Helios Strategies, a government relations firm.

He also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Apollo Alliance, a clean energy coalition of more than 300 labor, business, environmental, and community-based organizations dedicated to a public investment agenda for achieving energy independence through clean energy and good jobs. In those roles, Jeff developed expertise in all aspects of energy policy, including renewable energy development, oil savings, carbon reduction, cap-and-trade, and energy efficiency policy and implementation.

Jeff is actually returning to the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, where for 4 years he served as an economic analyst providing assistance to AFL-CIO affiliates, their signatory employers and to labor central bodies across the country. He holds a Masters of Science in Economic Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also worked at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS). He has done extensive study of manufacturing, hospitality, health care, media, and technology.

 

 

John R. 'Jack' Roderick

John R. "Jack" Roderick was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II and later received degrees in political science (B.A., Yale University, 1949), law (J.D., University of Washington, 1959), and public administration (M.P.A., Harvard University, 1981). Roderick moved to Anchorage in 1954, where he worked as a truck driver before becoming involved in publishing oil-related publications including the Alaska Industry magazine, Alaska Scouting Service newsletter, and the Alaska Petroleum Directory. He married Martha Brady Martin in 1955. Other early business interests of his included the oil exploration companies Ivy, Inc. and the Alaska Exploration Corporation, as well as the practice of law (1961-1963, 1969-1970). He was active in the Alaska State Democratic Party (chairman, 1985-1988), and has held several government positions. These included: Regional Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in India (1967-1968), Greater Anchorage Area Borough Mayor (1972-1975), Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska State Department of Natural Resources (1976-1978), Alaska Director of the U.S. Farmer's Home Administration (1978-1979), and Alaska State Energy Director and member of the Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board (1984-1985). Roderick has also been a public affairs consultant for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (1971-1972), an adjunct professor in business law at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an instructor at Alaska Pacific University teaching an "Oil in Alaska"course. He wrote the book, Crude Dreams: A Personal History of Oil & Politics in Alaska, published in 1997.

 

 

G. Scott Samuelsen

Professor Samuelsen brings to the ORU his expertise in energy generation, from fossil fuel combustion to advanced fuel cell technology, and their impacts on the environment. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his duties as Director of APEP and NFCRC on campus, he also hosts the Secretariat of the Pacific Rim Consortium on Energy, Combustion, and the Environment (PARCON).

His research is focused on fuel cells and fuel cell systems for stationary applications as well as the hydrogen infrastructure for mobile hydrogen-fueled combustion and fuel cell vehicles. He directs anchor research on: advanced coal and natural gas power plants for the co-production of electricity and hydrogen for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); distributed generation and information technology research for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in support of energyefficient and environmentally-responsible power generation; hydrogen refueling research for the South Coast Air Quality Management District; advanced energy systems research for the California Energy Commission; and hydrogen- fueled vehicle market and hydrogen infrastructure research with the University of California Institute for Transportation Studies

In December 2002, Professor Samuelsen directed the introduction of the first commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into the United States and manages today the public use of three fuel cell hybrid vehicles (FCHVs) as a platform to understand the challenges associated with this new paradigm. In January 2003, he directed the commissioning of a hydrogen refueling station on campus, and will oversees the installation of public refueling stations scheduled for installation in multiple Orange County cities. He co-Chairs the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, and leads the Collaborative standing committee on the stationary fuel cell and hydrogen vehicle interface. His energy expertise is based on forty years of combustion research working with strategic alliances involving industry with applications to gas turbine propulsion, gas turbine electronic power generation, and combustion distributed generation resources.

In August, 2011, the NFCRC team developed an exciting and unique fuel cell generator in conjunction with the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, California. Other private sector collaborators on the project were FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Air Products. The apparatus simultaneously and continuously converts gases that are created in wastewater digesters into hydrogen, which is then used for zero-emission vehicle fuel, electricity, and heat. This is an important breakthrough in clean energy technology that promises to lead to cleaner air and less reliance on fossil fuels.

With the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), he is Principal Investigator for consulting on site selection for the deployment of 207 microturbine generators (MTGs) in the South Coast Air Basin (SoCAB), as well as design and implementation of an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure to monitor and potentially dispatch the MTGs over the 33 sites.

 

 

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.

 

 

Ethan Schutt

Ethan Schutt oversees CIRI's land and energy development departments including the exploration and leasing of those lands for oil and gas, mineral and other natural resource development. He also directs CIRI's efforts in developing renewable and alternative energy projects.

Schutt is Athabascan and from Tok, Alaska. He joined CIRI in 2005 as general counsel. Previously, he was general counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. Schutt served on the Doyon Ltd. board of directors from 2003 to 2006. He serves on the boards of Covenant House Alaska and the Resource Development Council.

Schutt was selected as an Alaska Top 40 Under 40 award recipient in 2004. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Washington State University in 1995 and a juris doctor from Stanford University in 1999.

 

 

Christopher A. Smith


Christopher Smith is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy with responsibilities for office operations and managing the oversight of Fossil Energy's Research and Development program (encompassing coal, oil and natural gas) and the U.S. Petroleum Reserves. He was appointed to the Department of Energy in 2009 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for FE's Office of Oil and Natural Gas. Smith served as the Designated Federal Official for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, established by President Obama to investigate the root causes of the Gulf oil spill.

Prior to his appointment in October of 2009, Smith served in managerial and analytical positions of increasing responsibility in the private sector. Most recently he spent eleven years with two major international oil companies focused primarily on upstream business development and LNG trading, including three years negotiating production and transportation agreements in Bogotá, Colombia.

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 in the area of emerging markets and currency derivatives.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Cambridge University.

Smith is married to Dr. Patricia Smith. They reside in Alexandria with their two children.

 

 

Nick Szymoniak

Nick Szymoniak has experience in economics with a strong background in energy. Prior to joining the Alaska Energy Authority, he served as a research analyst for the Institute of Social and Economic Research and gas supply analyst with ENSTAR Natural Gas. He also previously interned with Northern Economics and the Alaska Energy Authority.

Nick has lived in Alaska for 29 years and received a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He working on his master’s in business administration from UAA.

 

 

Branko Terzic

In his role as Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions (the Center), Branko Terzic is responsible for defining and guiding the Center's strategic platforms and key activities in the energy marketplace. Branko's focus is on leveraging both intellectual capital and service innovation on energy industry issues. Branko is a former commissioner on the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a former Wisconsin Public Service commissioner, and the former chief executive of a natural gas company. In addition to his executive director role, he will continue as regulatory policy leader in Energy & Resources, Deloitte Services LP.

 

 

Fran Ulmer

Frances Ulmer retired as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage in June 2011. Her previous positions at UAA include: Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research and Professor of Public Policy.

Ulmer served Alaska in elective office for 18 years, as the mayor of Juneau, as a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor, where she became a nationally recognized leader in election reform. She also held a number of appointed positions including Director of Policy Development for the State of Alaska, managing diverse programs, including the Alaska Coastal Management Program. At the national level, Ulmer served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission's State and Local Advisory Committee, and the Federal Elections Commissions' State Advisory Committee, and on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.

In June of 2010, President Obama appointed her to the seven-member Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission, and in April 2011 the President appointed her Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. Previous committee and board positions include chairing the National Academies of Sciences Voter Registration Task Force, the Aspen Institute's Climate Change Commission, the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Nature Conservancy, among many others.

Ulmer holds a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 

 

 
 

 

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