37th IAEE International Conference Speakers

Douglas Arent

Doug Arent is executive director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), as well as a senior associate (nonresident) with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He specializes in strategic planning and financial analysis, clean energy technologies, energy and water issues, and international and governmental policies. From 2006 to 2010, he was director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. In addition to his NREL responsibilities, he is an author and expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy and a member of the U.S. government review panel for the IPCC reports on climate change. Prior to joining NREL, he was a management consultant to clean energy companies, providing strategy, development, and market counsel. Previous positions include: director of strategic marketing and business development at Network Photonics; director of media gateway products and strategic planning manager at Lucent Technologies (now Avaya); and vice president of business development for Amonix Inc.

In 2008, Arent was appointed to serve on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change. He is also on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists, the Keystone Energy Board, and the Advisory Board of E+Co. In addition, he serves on the Chancellor’s Committee on Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of Colorado, and he was chair of the Quantitative Work Group in support of the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Council of the Western Governors’ Association. He has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Regis University, and a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in California.

Jason Bordoff

Jason Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House's National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the nation's top energy policy experts, he joined the Administration in April 2009. At Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, Bordoff is a professor of professional practice and serves as Director of SIPA's Center on Global Energy Policy. Bordoff's research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum as well as the Association of Marshall Scholars. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies. Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.

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.

Michel Derdevet

Michel Derdevet is currently Secretary General of ERDF (Electricité Réseau Distribution France) and Member of the Board of the Company. ERDF manages the public electricity distribution network for 95% of continental France (35 million customers, €13.313 billion in revenue in 2012).

Graduated top of his class at Montpellier I Faculty of Law and holds an Executive MBA from HEC International Business School. After holding several positions of responsibility in the offices of Government ministers, he spent the most of his career from 1985 onwards working for EDF, before moving to RTE upon its creation in 2000 to 2012 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs at RTE.

A senior lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP, where he teaches a class entitled "Europe and Business"), he is the author of a number of publications, including "Power Networks at the Heart of Industrial Civilization" (Timée, 2007), "Europe out of Energy: the Case for a Genuine Common Energy Policy (Descartes, May 2009), and “The energy future, cards on table” (Gallimard, February 2012).

A. Denny Ellerman

Prof. Ellerman (Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University) is Director of the "Climate Change Policy Research Unit" at the European University Institute, where he also heads the Global Governance Program’s Research Strand on "Climate Governance". He is an internationally recognized expert on energy and environmental economics with a particular focus on climate policy, emissions trading, and interactions with energy markets. He is a co-author of the leading books on the EU CO2 Allowance Trading Programs, Markets for Clean Air: The US Acid Rain Program and Pricing Carbon: The European Emissions Trading Scheme. In 1990, he was President of the International Association for Energy Economics.

Ying Fan

Prof. Ying Fan got her Ph.D. degree in system engineering. She is currently a professor at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research(CEEP) of the Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). She visited Cornell University in the U.S. as a visiting scholar from 2004 to 2005. Her research and teaching fields include Energy-Environment-Economy system modeling, energy finance, climate change, Energy and environmental policy. She is currently a council member and Asia-Oceania Representative to the council of IAEE. She has carried out over 50 research projects, published over 150 papers in peer reviewed journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Energy, Applied Energy, Environmental Modelling and Software, Journal of Policy Modeling, Technical Forecasting and Social Change, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Physica A, and Computers and Industrial Engineering. She has received important awards, such as research grant for distinguished young scientists sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), CAS Hundred Talents Program sponsored by the CAS, and many Science and Technology Awards.

Sandy Fielden

Sandy Fielden is an internationally accomplished professional with 25 years of management and communication experience in the European and North American energy industry, including ten years as a vice president at industry leading firms. He is a widely recognized expert at analyzing, processing, and communicating the value of a wide range of information in the energy industry. As Vice President of Data Services at Allegro Development, he was responsible for software and data solutions to meet the integration needs of oil, gas and power traders. As VP of Energy Products and Services at Logical Information Machines (now Morningstar Commodity Data), Sandy sourced, defined, and marketed energy market data from over 150 industry providers for analysts and risk managers using the LIM software. Prior to LIM Sandy helped build the NA operation of energy trading analytics provider Saladin Inc from 3 persons to 60 during the 1990's. Started out at Fina in the UK - involved in all aspects of the company’s oil sector (downstream operation) as a business analyst. He has written for trade publications and spoken on a wide range of topics at conferences.

Fletcher Fields

Fletcher Fields is an Economist in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where his role is to deliver unbiased energy analysis to DOE’s leadership on existing and prospective energy-related policies, focusing in part on integrative analysis of energy systems. Fields is a principal author of the forthcoming DOE water-energy nexus report, which describes the challenges associated with our interconnected energy and water systems and identifies where there are opportunities for DOE to address these issues. Fields holds a Master of Environmental Economics and Policy from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

William Furlow

Biography coming.

David Hobbs

David Hobbs is the Head of Research at KAPSARC. Prior to joining the Center, he was both Chief Energy Strategist and Head of Research at IHS CERA. David is an expert in energy industry structure and strategies, and author of several studies and analyses on important energy issues ranging from the oil value chain and the problem of assessing oil and gas reserves to the impact of natural gas supplies on energy markets and technology and the effect on job creation and economic growth of energy industry investment activities. He also produced a report on the world economic crisis for the Ministerial meeting in London hosted by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and has advised on several projects on topics including the Canadian oil sands, clean energy and national energy strategies. David is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and was on the management board of the Global Energy Executive MBA program run jointly between the Haskayne School of Business and IHS CERA. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). Overall, David has nearly three decades of experience in the global energy business, and has directed projects in Asia, South America, North America, and the North Sea, as well as led major international investment and asset commercialization programs. He holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.

Ralph Izzo

Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G).

Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president – utility operations, PSE&G vice president – appliance service, PSEG vice president - corporate planning, and PSE&G vice president - electric ventures. In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance.

Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy.

Mr. Izzo’s career began as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, performing numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments. He has published or presented over 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling. Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who and has been the recipient of national fellowships and awards. Mr. Izzo has received Honorary Degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Doctor of Science), Thomas A. Edison State College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Bloomfield College (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Rutgers University (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Mr. Izzo serves as chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and on the Rutgers University Board of Governors, the board of directors for The Williams Companies, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), and The Center for Energy Workforce Development. He is also a member of the Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT.

Amy M. Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). At ITS-Davis, Jaffe heads the fossil fuel component of Next STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways). She is associate editor (North America) for the academic journal, Energy Strategy Reviews.

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

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

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

Frederik R. Janssens

Frederik Janssens currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Latin America in ORIGIN ENERGY, the leading energy utility in Australia. He is based in Santiago, Chile.
Previously Mr. Janssens held numerous positions in GDF SUEZ, leading shale gas positioning of the Group as Global Chief Developer Unconventional Gas - based in Paris - as well as leading the succesful development and start up of the LNG receiving company GNLM, in a Joint Venture with the State owned copper company CODELCO.
Mr. Janssens has been active in the Latin American energy markets for over 12 years, living in Brazil and Chile and is specialised in business strategy and structuring and development of complex energy projects. Previously he briefly worked on energy integration for Central America in IADB and was among the pioneers in electricity trading in Western Europe in the late 1990´s.
He is President of the Chilean-Belgium-Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce in Chile and serves on the Board of several energy and energy efficiency management companies.
Mr. Janssens holds an Executive MBA from New York University, London School of Economics and HEC in Paris and is a civil electromechanical engineer from Ghent in Belgium and Madrid University, Spain. He is fluent in 6 languages and was born in Belgium.

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.

Lutz Kilian

Lutz Kilian, Professor of Economics, received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and his M.A. in Development Banking from The American University in 1988. He joined the faculty at Michigan in 1996. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked for the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. During 2001-03 he served as an adviser to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt/M., Germany. Professor Kilian has been a research visitor at the Federal Reserve Board, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. He has also been a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Trade Organization, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, and the European Parliament, among others.

Professor Kilian has published over 70 articles. His work has appeared in leading general interest and field journals in economics and statistics. His research interests include time series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and energy economics. Most of his recent research has concerned itself with the sources of fluctuations in the price of oil and with the transmission of energy price shocks. He has also published on topics in empirical macroeconomics and in international finance including the specification of monetary policy rules, the quantification of deflation risks, the role of sticky prices in business cycle models, and exchange rate predictability. Finally, he has worked extensively on topics in time series econometrics with a special focus on bootstrap methods of inference for autoregressions, on impulse response analysis, on forecasting, and on testing predictability. Over the years, Professor Kilian has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, among other journals. He is a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Analysis, the Center for Financial Studies, and the Euro Area Business Cycle Network.

David H. Knapp

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

W. John Lee

John Lee is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the Cullen Distinguished University Chair at The University of Houston. John holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked for ExxonMobil early in his career and specialized in integrated reservoir studies. He later joined the Petroleum Engineering faculty at Texas A&M, and became Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering. While at A&M, he also served as a consultant with S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering aspects of unconventional gas resources. He joined the University of Houston faculty in September 2011. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007-8, and was a principal architect of the modernized SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves. John is the author of three textbooks published by SPE and has received numerous awards from SPE, including the Lucas Medal, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal and Honorary Membership. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Robert Levin

Robert Levin was appointed Managing Director, Energy Research & Product Development of CME Group in August 2008. He oversees all energy and metals product development. Levin joined NYMEX in 1987, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Research in 1993. Prior to joining NYMEX, Levin worked in the policy planning and analysis office of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also worked at the University of New Mexico’s Institute of Applied Research Services overseeing work which concentrated on energy issues. Levin holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.

Prakash Loungani

Prakash Loungani is currently an Advisor in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His research interests include: assessment of macroeconomic forecasting performance; understanding trade linkages among nations and regions; and modeling the impact of oil prices on the macroeconomy.

Robert Maguire

Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Mr. Maguire was active in the global energy markets for over twenty years, including his tenure at Basin Capital Partners, where he continues to serve on the Advisory Board. Prior to his involvement with Basin Capital, Mr. Maguire was an investment banker in Morgan Stanley's energy group. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Maguire was a lawyer with White & Case in New York and London. Mr. Maguire received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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.

Edward Morse

Ed Morse is Managing Director and Global Head-Commodities, Citi Research in New York. He previously held similar positions at Lehman Brothers, Louis Capital Markets and Credit Suisse. Widely cited in the media, he is a contributor to journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He was most recently ranked one of “The 36 Best Analysts On Wall Street by Business Insider (one of two commodity analysts) and #23 among the “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012” by Foreign Policy. He worked in the US government at the State Department, and later was an advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission on Iraq as well as to the US Departments of State, Energy and Defense and to the International Energy Agency on issues related to oil, natural gas and the impact of financial flows on energy prices. A former Princeton professor and author of numerous books and articles on energy, economics and international affairs, Ed was the publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and other trade periodicals and also worked at Hess Energy Trading Co. (HETCO).

Karsten Neuhoff

Karsten Neuhoff leads the Department Climate Policy at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Previously he was senior research associate at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge, leading projects on the future of UK power system, renewable integration and technology policy and coordinating for the research network Climate Strategies projects on the implementation of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and North-South Climate Cooperation. He holds a diploma in Physics from the University of Heidelberg, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

David M. Newbery

David Newbery, CBE, FBA, is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, and Research Fellow in the Control and Power Research Group, Imperial College London. He was educated at Cambridge with undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics, and received a PhD and ScD in economics also from Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. He is Vice-Chairman of Cambridge Economic Policy Associates and is an occasional consultant to the World Bank, Ofgem, Ofwat, and ORR. He has been a member of the Competition Commission and chairman of the Dutch electricity Market Surveillance Committee. He will be President of the IAEE in 2013. He is a member of Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund and recent advisor on Electricity Market Reform to the House of Commons Select Committee on Climate Change.

Karen Palmer

Dr. Karen Palmer (PhD Boston College) is an internationally specialist on environmental and climate policy in the US. She is senior researcher at RFF, and is the first recipient of the Darius Gaskins Chair. She specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental regulations that influence the electric utility sector, including controls of multi-pollutants and carbon emissions from electrical generating plants.

Ricardo B. Raineri

Ricardo Raineri Bernain is Former Chilean Energy Minister and currently is Alternative Executive Director of the World Bank Group and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the International Association for Energy Economics. Past Chairman of the Boar of ENAP (Chilean State Oil Company), and Member of the Council of Chilean Public Enterprises, holding responsibility for the strategic direction of 22 public companies, also has been Board Member in Private Companies in the energy and mining service sectors. The main areas of professional expertise are in the energy sector and institutional issues addressing subjects such as economics of regulation and antitrust policy, market structure, pricing, business strategy and competition, and corporate governance. Has published in a variety of academic and professional journals, and has advised the public and private sector. He also holds a position as Professor at the Engineering School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He holds a Business Engineer and Master in Economics degrees from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics from the University of Minnesota, US.

Surya Rajan

Surya is responsible for market strategy for BHI’s global portfolio of products, services, and technology. Surya has close to 25 years’ diverse experience in the oil and gas industry in diverse areas. Passionate about technology, innovation and strategy, Surya participates in industry outreach, and is a frequent speaker at various events. Surya is an active member of various industry associations such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the US Association of Energy Economics, and he regularly volunteers on different committees; Surya was named USAEE Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Surya has published in numerous journals spanning across topics such as strategic workforce issues, international corporate alliance models, country entry risk assessment, policy and regulation, technology, and the digital oilfield. A certified Project Management Professional, Surya holds a BS from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (India), and an MS from the University of 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.

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by solving the challenging issues of our time. Shah has recognized this as “The Impact Economy,” also the subject of his upcoming book.

Shah has noted that a global "Impact Economy" is one in which mainstream investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs, and governments at scale to solve the big environmental and social problems of our time while generating compelling financial returns – not just average returns.

Today, he is a partner at Inerjys, a $1 billion fund that invests in clean energy via growth capital and project finance, CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, and a board member of the Carbon War Room. He works closely with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues to implement solutions for global warming and sustainability that will unlock that next trillion dollar impact economy.

His first foray in realizing his vision was the founding of SunEdison in 2003; today the world’s leading solar services company. SunEdison, through Shah’s perseverance and vision, simplified solar as a service through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. That model changed the status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. The SunEdison business model remains an important catalyst that turned solar into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.

From 2009 to March 2012, Shah served as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help save the world from Climate Change. During Shah’s tenure he was a trailblazer in helping build the organization into one of global importance.

In the few years, since its founding The Carbon War Room has identified 17 sectors that all contain gigaton scale profitable opportunities ready to scale up to an “Impact Economy” – representing the largest economic opportunity of our generation.

Prior to launching SunEdison and his tenure as Carbon War Room CEO, Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar, specializing in national commercial accounts. He also worked as a contractor for the Department of Energy on alternative vehicles and fuel cell programs.

Shah holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. Besides the Carbon War Room, he also sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute and Greenpeace USA.

Adam E. Sieminski

Adam Sieminski was sworn in on June 4, 2012, as the eighth administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA also prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest.

From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting confirmation as EIA administrator, Mr. Sieminski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council. From 1998 until March 2012, he served as a senior energy analyst for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank’s global 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.

Mr. Sieminski has served in leadership positions for the International Association for Energy Economics and the affiliated U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He also has acted as a senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan policy think tank in Washington. In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski as a member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an industry-government advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

He is a member of the Washington, D.C., investment professional society, 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.

Christopher A. Smith

Christopher Smith is Principal Deputy 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.

Katherine Spector

Katherine Spector joined CIBC World Markets in 2010 to initiate Commodities Strategy for the bank’s sales and trading desk based in New York. She is responsible for the bank’s energy price forecasts and market views, and her analysis includes global energy supply/demand fundamentals, money flows, and geopolitics. Ms. Spector is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum, an educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge about energy issues. She appears regularly in print and television media and was acknowledged by Bloomberg in 2013 as the most accurate forecaster of benchmark WTI prices over a two-year span. Breaking Media and New York Energy Week identified Katherine Spector as one of the top ten high-profile women in the energy space. Katherine is cited as “one of the most reliably high-profile faces and names in the New York energy scene.” Prior to joining CIBC, Ms. Spector headed the Global Energy Strategy group as part of JPMorgan’s Global Commodities Sales & Trading team. Previously, she was an Energy Strategist on the Deutsche Bank Commodity Sales & Trading desk, and worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group. She also worked as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. Ms. Spector holds a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petrostates, and implications for democratization.

Mauricio Tolmasquin

Mauricio Tiomno Tolmasquim is the CEO of the Energy Research Office (EPE), teacher of Energy Planning Program of COPPE/UFRJ, member of the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE), member of the Monitoring Committee of the Electricity Sector (CMSE). He was Deputy Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Board Member of Itaipu and Furnas, Coordinator of the group of technical design and implementation of institutional reform of the electricity sector, member of the working group that drafted the new regulatory framework of the pre-salt. He was awarded the Degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco by the Foreign Ministry. Is organizer, author or coauthor of 20 books and more than a hundred technical articles, as well as dozens of articles published in the press. He is Production Engineer - UFRJ (1981), Economist -UERJ (1982), Master in Energy Planning - COPPE / UFRJ (1984), PhD in Development Economics from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales -EHESS / Paris (1990).

Daniel Tormey

Dr. Tormey is an expert in hydrology, water supply, and water quality issues. More specifically, he specializes in water resource development; contamination issues; watershed protection programs; conservation programs; water treatment and desalination; human impacts to water resources; and the effects of climate change on water and ecosystems. He has worked in diverse environments around the world analyzing sediment transport, contaminant fate and transport, contaminant remediation, and coastal dynamics. Dr. Tormey is also an expert in the environmental aspects of energy and energy development specifically the production, transport, use, and conservation of energy. He has been involved with a variety of hydroelectric, wind, solar, tidal, oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy projects, and has significant experience evaluating methods of carbon sequestration associated with energy production. His work frequently includes litigation support. Beyond his consulting work, Dr. Tormey actively pursues volcanology research around the world. He is an Executive in Residence at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, serves on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List review advisory board, and was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to the Scientific Advisory Board for Giant Sequoia National Monument. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Geology from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Geology and Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jose Maria Valenzuela

Jose Maria Valenzuela was chosen as an observer at the UNFCC COP16 to deliver the final message on behalf of the Research and Independent NGO constituency. He has worked with several research institutions, including the Climate Policy Initiative-Beijing as a Visiting Fellow. Valenzuela recently joined the Mexican federal government and works on sustainability and technology policy. He received his undergraduate degree from El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City and a Master in International Development at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Juan Miguel Velasquez

Juan Miguel Velasquez is an Associate Transport Planner at EMBARQ, where he works on a variety of urban transport projects. His main fields of study are transport planning, transport economics, road safety and governance. Previously he was a researcher and lecturer at the Regional and Urban Sustainability Research Group (SUR) at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia. He is a civil engineer and holds a Master of Science in Transport from Imperial College and University College in London.

Philip K. Verleger, Jr.

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr. is Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC, an independent consulting firm. Dr. Verleger’s research focuses primarily on the function and structure of energy commodity markets. His studies also encompass the changing relationship between the energy and economic sectors. Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work in energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and as Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration. He later served as a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at Yale University’s School of Organization and Management and as a Vice President in Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Commodities Division. Dr Verleger was a Senior Fellow and then Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics from 1986 until 2012. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at theUniversityofCalgary’s Haskayne School of Business. During his career, Dr. Verleger has predicted many of the major structural changes in the energy sector. In 1986, he was the first economist to comprehend and explain the appearance and development of energy commodity markets. This analysis led to his prediction of the oil price collapse that year. Dr. Verleger has chronicled the evolution of these markets since then and been a leading figure globally in driving their growth. In 2012, he was the first economist to write extensively on the United States’ emergence as an energy exporter. His latest papers chronicle the implications of this unexpected tectonic shift for the US and world economies.

Christian von Hirschhausen

Christian von Hirschhausen is Professor of Economics at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) and Research Professor at the DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research). He holds a PhD in Industrial Economics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure desMines de Paris, and was previously Chair of Energy Economics at the Dresden Institute of Technology (TU Dresden). Prof. von Hirschhausen’s research focuses onthe regulation and financing of infrastructure sectors,mainly energy. He is a regular advisor to industry and public institutions, including the World Bank, theEuropean Commission, the European Investment Bank,and several German Ministries.

Eirik Wærness

Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist and Vice President in Statoil, has a broad experience from government, academics and private sector companies, as advisor and in different management positions. He has specialist competence in various fields, including energy economics, macroeconomics, tax analysis and reporting, petroleum sector issues, corporate strategy, investment analysis and performance management and reporting. As a consultant he has worked as project manager in a range of fields, including macroeconomics, transport economics, tax, petroleum economics, competition economics and scenario analysis.

As Chief Economist, Eirik is editor of Statoil’s Energy Perspectives, an annual overview of global energy trends.

Previous roles in Statoil include Chief Analyst, Energy Market Analysis; Head of Corporate Planning and Analysis; and Head of Corporate Strategy. Eirik also has experience from different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, and Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for Economic Analysis.

He has also served as member of two public commissions/expert groups on tax reforms. From 1 January 2010 Eirik is a member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway.

Everett W. Whitaker

Everett Whitaker joined GE Energy’s Energy Consulting department in March of 2000. He is a Technical Director currently managing the Policy and Planning practice, and brings over 34 years of electric power industry design, maintenance, operations and permitting, and planning experience. Since joining GE, he has conducted or led teams performing: U.S. power market analyses supporting the GE Energy strategic planning process; gas turbine fleet utilization forecasts for service contract planning; forecasts of new generation project survivors in hyper-competitive markets; GE Energy support of GE Capital asset valuation studies on over 8000 generation units throughout the U.S and Canada; development of methods for simulating electric price volatility in competitive markets; market models of Australia and the United Kingdom; analyses of the effects of Regional Transmission Organization formation and associated market rules; and economic assessments of Variable Frequency Transformer installations between asynchronous power systems. Before joining GE, Mr. Whitaker held several positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority where he was engaged in operations, engineering, licensing, project management, strategic planning, evaluating new generation development options, and leading industry programs to develop safety systems for next generation nuclear power plant designs. Mr. Whitaker regularly briefed executives on the ramifications of emerging business and regulatory changes on nuclear organizations. He acted as an internal consultant bringing decision analysis techniques to teams evaluating complex nuclear strategy options. Mr. Whitaker managed TVA’s Independent Safety Engineering Group and directed the nuclear emergency, plant assessment team. He has experience in power plant operations from work as a control room advisor to nuclear shift supervisors. He also brings experience in power plant maintenance from work with American Electric Power Corporation where he performed maintenance engineering and acted as the Maintenance representative on plant safety review committees.

Zhang Xiliang

Prof. Zhang holds a Ph.D. of Engineering from Tsinghua University. Dr. Zhang is currently a professor of Management Science and Engineering and director of Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University. Prof. Zhang has also been appointed as the executive director of China Automotive Energy Research Center, Tsinghua University since 2008. Prof. Zhang has conducted research on sustainable energy technology innovation and diffusion, markets, policies, and futures for China. Prof. Zhang served as the co-leader of the expert group for drafting China Renewable Energy Law during 2004 -2005, and the energy expert of the expert group for drafting China Circular Economy Law in 2007, both work were organized by Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Committee of National People’s Congress. Prof. Zhang is currently the principle investigator for the 4-year research project “China’s mid-and long-term low carbon development strategy” which is sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology with the support of National Development and Reform Commission. Prof. Zhang is also coordinating a five-year research program titled China Automotive Energy Outlook: technologies and policies, which is tasked jointly by National Energy Administration and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Prof. Zhang has been a lead author of the 4th and 5th IPCC Climate Change Assessment Report. He is an associate editor of Energy: The International Journal, Energy for Sustainable Development, and Energy Science and Engineering. Dr. Zhang has been the secretary general of the New Energy Committee of China Energy Research Society since 2006, and Vice Chair of China Renewable Energy Industry Association since 2011.

Sonia Yeh

Dr. Sonia Yeh is a research scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. She is a faculty member of the Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) and an adjunct professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary research interest is to advance the understanding of future energy systems and their environmental and social impacts, and to seek solutions that improve the societal process of making decisions toward a low-carbon energy system. Her expertise is in energy market economics and modeling, lifecycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions, alternative transportation energy use and modeling, sustainability standards for biofuels, and technological change induced by government policy. She co-leads the UC research teams with UC Davis and UC Berkeley in supporting the implementation of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard since 2007 and is the co-director of the National Low Carbon Fuel Standard Project. She serves on many governmental advisory panels and chaired expert workgroups for governments and NGOs.

Mine Yucel

Mine Yücel is vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where she has been since 1989. She heads the Bank's micro/regional/energy group and is also the director of publications for the Research Department. Yücel analyzes the regional economy and energy markets on an ongoing basis and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.

Yücel is the immediate past president of the International Association of Energy Economics, an institution with 102 member countries, and past president of the United States Association of Energy Economics(USAEE). She has served on the executive boards of these two organizations as well as Executive Women of Dallas, Dallas Area Business Economists, the Dallas chapter of Women in Technology International Inc. and the Greater Dallas Chamber’s Board of Economists. In 2006, she was chosen as a recipient of the Key Women in Energy—Global award. She received the USAEE Senior Fellow Award in 2007 and the Energy Journal Best Paper Award in 2009.

Before joining the Bank, she was an assistant professor of economics at Louisiana State University. She has a BS and an MS in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD in economics from Rice University in Houston.

Anthony Yuen

Anthony Yuen leads global macro, gas and power strategy within Commodities Research at Citigroup. He is also a key contributor to studies on coal and oil, in addition to being a reviewer of IEA’s World Energy Outlook. Previously, Dr. Yuen conducted academic research on energy and emissions, worked at McKinsey & Company,and was most recently a member of Constellation Energy's Global Commodities Group. He held research and teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and was a faculty member of Columbia University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.