Speaker Bios


Arnold B. Baker

Arnold B. Baker is a principal of ABB Consulting, Solvang, California, a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former Chief Economist of Sandia National Laboratories (2001-2011), a former President (2005) of the International Association for Energy Economics, and former President of the United States Association (2002). He holds a BA in History and MA and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Prior to joining Sandia he held a range of responsibilities at Atlantic Richfield Company, including Director of Political Economic Analysis, Director of Public Issues, Director of Energy Market Analysis, and Manager of Strategic Planning (ARCO Oil and Gas Company). Before joining ARCO he served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Monetary Affairs, and as a staff economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He has written and frequently presented on energy, political economics, public policy and global change.



Angela S Becker-Dippmann

Cantwell has hired her former staffer Angela Becker-Dippman to return to Capitol Hill to become her staff director. Becker-Dippman has been working as a senior policy adviser in the energy and environment unit of the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and previously worked for McBee Strategic Consulting after a stint on Capitol Hill working on energy policy for Cantwell.



Seth Blumsack

Seth Blumsack is Associate Professor of Energy Policy and Economics and Associate Department Head in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State he also serves as Chair of the Energy Business and Finance program; is a faculty member in the Operations Research program; and holds the John T. Ryan Faculty Fellowship in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He also holds a position as an Adjunct Research Professor with the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. His research focuses on complexities in the systems, markets and regulatory institutions that make up the electricity and natural gas industries. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Reed College in 1998, an M.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon in 2006. Before returning to academia, he served as a journalist and consultant for Economic Insight, Inc., where he was a contributing editor for the Energy Market Report and Pacific West Oil Data. His work on restructured electricity markets has been cited in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and his writing for the Energy Market Report on California’s energy crisis has been cited in the Los Angeles Times as well as in The Smartest Guys in the Room.



Erica Bowman

Erica Bowman is Chief Economist of the American Petroleum Institute. In this role, Erica leads all energy market analysis.

Prior to joining API, Erica was Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis and Chief Economist at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). In this role, Erica led all research and policy analysis activities while also actively engaging with utilities, regulators, legislators and other business-to-business stakeholders to aid in the understanding of the complex dynamics between energy markets, economy and public policy.

Before joining ANGA, Erica was Director of both Power and Environmental Analytics at Edison Mission Marketing and Trading (EMMT).

Erica received her Masters of Science degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and her Bachelors of Science and Engineering degree from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.



Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is responsible for Consumer Programs for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Consumer Programs consists of PSO’s energy efficiency and demand management offerings. These offering assist consumers in saving energy by providing financial incentives for installation of higher efficient products and services, energy assessments, conservation voltage reduction and education. As a result, these offerings save energy and help keep PSO’s prices low for customers. Jeff has been within the American Electric Power system for 22 years. He was previously Economic Forecasting manager for AEP Services Corporation where he supported Integrated Resource Planning and Transmission Planning for the AEP system.



Sanya Carley

Sanya Carley is an Associate Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where she also serves as a research member of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and the Chair of the Policy Analysis and Public Finance faculty group. Her research focuses on energy policy, including both electricity and transportation policy, and the effects, effectiveness, and unintended consequences of these policies. She also publishes research on energy-based economic development and public perceptions of emerging energy technologies. Dr. Carley has over eight years of evaluation and statistical consulting experience with the World Bank, RTI International, ARCeconomics, The Nicholas Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds an M.S. in urban planning from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College.



David E Chenier

David E. Chenier is General Manager, Contracts, Sourcing & Supplier Management for ConocoPhillips.

Joining the industry with BP America in 1985 and then with ConocoPhillips in 1990, Chenier started as a petroleum engineer and held a number of exploration, production operations, capital project and business development positions for activities in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He was appointed to the role of general manager, Central North Sea, based in Aberdeen in 2009 before being appointed president, UK in May 2012. He transferred back to the U.S. in September 2015 as General Manager, Contracts, Sourcing & Supplier Management.

Chenier earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering at Louisiana State University and later a Master’s degree in business administration at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served as chairman of the International School of Aberdeen’s Board of Trustees and is a trustee of the St. Andrew’s Prize for the Environment.



Melanie Craxton

Melanie Craxton is a PhD candidate in the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford. Her research takes an applied microeconomic approach to energy and environmental policy considerations. Specifically, Melanie’s dissertation work aims to bring insights from the behavioral economics literature into analyses of energy policy in ways they may not been thoroughly considered before. Her specific area of interest currently is in consumers’ perception, or misperception, of information, such as costs or prices, that lead them to behave sub-optimally in traditional economic terms, particularly when understanding decisions related to energy consumption.

Melanie holds an undergraduate MA(Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh where in addition to her economics studies, she spent considerable time as a History and then Mathematics student.



Jeffrey R Currie

Jeff is the global head of Commodities Research in the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division. He is responsible for conducting research on commodity market dynamics in the context of corporate risk management programs, short and long-term commodity investment strategies and asset allocation. Jeff is also a member of the Growth Markets Executive Committee. Previously, Jeff was the European co-head of Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research from 2010 to 2012 and based in London, where he resided since 2003. Over the years, the commodities research team has consistently been ranked number one under Jeff’s direction and in 2011 he was named the CNBC Analyst of the Year by City A.M. Jeff joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in microeconomics and econometrics at The University of Chicago and served as the associate editor of Resource and Energy Economics. Jeff also worked as a consulting economist, specializing in energy and other microeconomic issues, at Ernst and Young, LLP and Economic Insight, Inc. In addition, he has advised numerous government agencies in the United States, European Union and Russia. Jeff earned a PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago in 1996.



Kathleen Eisbrenner

Kathleen Eisbrenner is Founder, Chairman and CEO of NextDecade, LLC, a company positioned to create forward-thinking opportunities in the United States and international integrated natural gas industry. NextDecade has assembled a team of industry-leading partners to develop land-based LNG projects around the world.

Ms. Eisbrenner was previously the Executive VP at Royal Dutch Shell, for Shell’s Global LNG strategy and was the CEO/Founder of Excelerate Energy. She is a member of the US National Petroleum Council and American Bureau of Shipping.



Alejandra Elizondo

Biography coming.



John Felmy

John Felmy is an independent energy economist. He has over 35 years experience in analyzing energy and economic impacts in oil and gas, electric utilities and climate change policy. His most recent position was chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute. Prior positions were economic jobs with such firms as ICF, Data Resources, Princeton Economics, STSC and INFORUM. John has survived 38 years of Washington and major transitions such as Carter to Reagan, Bush to Clinton, Clinton to Bush and Bush to Obama.



Fereidun Fesharaki

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. FGE is a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets East of the Suez, Europe, and the United States, with offices in London, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing, Dubai, Honolulu, California, and Mumbai. FGE was incorporated as Fesharaki Associates Consulting & Technical Services (FACTS), Inc. in 1984 by Dr. Fesharaki. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.

Dr. Fesharaki received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England. He then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He joined East-West Center in 1979 and was a Senior Fellow leading energy-related research till end 2013. In addition, Dr. Fesharaki is the author of more than 200 papers and has authored or edited over thirty books and monographs.

In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies)—Japan’s largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), the key professional organization representing over 3,900 energy economists in more than 85 countries.

In 1995, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, he was appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy and was re-appointed by US Secretary of Energy Moniz in 2014. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME) Board of Directors. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. In 2013, he joined the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG. In 2014, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing.



Randy A Foutch

Randy A. Foutch, an experienced energy executive, has demonstrated repeated success forming start-up oil and gas companies. Foutch currently is Chairman and CEO of Tulsa-based Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) which he founded in 2006. Laredo is an oil and gas company focused on exploration, development and acquisitions in the Mid-Continent region of the United States. Prior to Laredo, Foutch also founded and later sold Colt Resources (1996), Lariat Petroleum, Inc. (2001) and Latigo Petroleum, Inc. (2006).

Foutch currently serves on the Board of Directors of Helmerich & Payne, The National Petroleum Council, and the Advisory Council of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on The Board of Trustees of the University of Tulsa, the Gilcrease Museum National Board, the C.M. Russell Museum Board of Directors, and is Board Member Emeritus of Leadership Oklahoma. He has previously served on the Boards of Cheniere Energy, Bill Barrett Corporation, Broad Oak Energy, Madagascar Oil, MacroSolve, Inc., the Board of The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Oklahoma, the Boy Scouts/Indian Nations Council Board, the St. Philip Neri Newman Center Board, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Energy Advocates, Woolaroc, and Gryphon Exploration Company among other organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston.



Kenneth Gillingham

Professor Gillingham is an environmental and energy economist whose work draws primarily from the fields of empirical industrial organization and public economics, and often incorporates concepts from energy and systems engineering. His work covers the intersection of energy efficiency, new energy technologies, and transportation. Recent publications have focused on the adoption of solar photovoltaic technology, market failures in household energy efficiency, and alternative fuels for transportation. On-going research empirically examines the effects of different policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Other research covers the modeling of energy innovation and technological change, both at the micro-level and in the large-scale energy-climate models used to examine the effects of climate change mitigation policies. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he worked at the California Air Resources Board, White House Council of Economic Advisers, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, Resources for the Future, and Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in New Zealand, which he used to research the economics and policy of solar energy technologies in New Zealand. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, where he studied management science & engineering and economics.



James M Griffin

Dr. James M. Griffin (or Dr. G as his students know him) wears a number of hats at the Bush School and elsewhere. Besides teaching micro-economic theory and energy policy courses, he was the founding director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy and still leads its Energy in a Global Economy program. He holds the Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance and is a director in the Berkeley Research Group, a boutique economic consulting house. His ties to Texas A&M run deep as he was a professor in the Department of Economics from 1983-2001 before moving to the Bush School. Dr. Griffin is a fourth generation Texan and enjoys ranching in his spare time. He holds a BA in mathematics and economics from Southern Methodist University ('66) and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania ('70). He is a Humboldt Fellow, a member of Who's Who in Economics, and serves on the editorial board of three journals specializing in energy economics. His research has resulted in six books and over 50 refereed journal articles. His research interests span a variety of public policy areas ranging from energy policy to the effects of technological change on various industries. He has maintained a long-standing interest in energy policy, having co-authored the leading textbook in the field. In 2009, he made the case for a carbon tax in A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist's Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy published by Yale University Press. His current research interests are U.S. ethanol policy and the use of fresh groundwater for fracking.



Howard Gruenspecht

Dr. Gruenspecht is the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE).  Over the past 35 years, Dr. Gruenspecht has worked extensively on energy-related environmental issues and economy-wide energy modeling.  Before joining EIA in 2003, he was a Resident Scholar at Resources for the Future, an independent, non-partisan research organization.  From 1991 to 2000, he held senior positions in USDOE’s Office of Policy.  Prior to his service at USDOE, Dr. Gruenspecht served as a senior staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, with primary responsibilities in the areas of environment, energy, regulation, and international trade.  His other professional experience includes service as a faculty member at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie-Mellon University (1981-88), economic adviser to the chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (1988-90), and assistant director for economics and business on the White House Domestic Policy staff (1978-79).  Dr. Gruenspecht has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. from McGill University.



Harold G Hamm

In addition to his role as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources, Mr. Hamm co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, which aims to preserve the millions of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenues generated by onshore drilling and production activities within the United States. Through his work with DEPA, Mr. Hamm is widely recognized as the man who led the charge to lift America’s 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports, a feat that will lower U.S. gasoline prices by up to 13 cents a gallon, create 400,000 American jobs a year, increase GDP by 1%, and ensure America and our allies are never again held hostage by dictatorial regimes.



Peter R Hartley

Peter R. Hartley, Ph.D., is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics at Rice University. He is also a Rice Scholar of Energy Economics at the Baker Institute. He has worked on energy economics issues for 35 years, focusing originally on electricity, but also including work on natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear and renewable energy. He has also published in other areas including theoretical and applied issues in money and banking, business cycles, and international finance. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University before coming to Rice. Originally from Australia, he has also held visiting appointments at Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia.



Abraham (Abe) Haspel

Abraham (Abe) Haspel is the founder and President of Cogent Analysis Group, LLC, a consultancy, and Cogent Energy Systems, Inc., an energy technology company developing an ultra-high temperature, compact waste-to-energy gasifier. Between 1978 and 2008, Dr. Haspel was a career Federal employee under six Presidents and twelve Secretaries of the Interior and Energy. At the Department of the Interior, he served in such positions as Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Assistant Director of Program Review of the Minerals Management Service. At the Department of Energy, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, Chief Economist and Director, Office of Economic Analysis and Competition. Abe was one of the lead U.S. negotiators between 1993 and 2000 at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially those negotiations involving energy economics such as those that led to carbon trading and the Clean Development Mechanism provisions of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. He was the Chair of the OECD’s Climate Technology Initiative from 1998-2000. Abe was awarded the Presidential Ranks of Distinguished Executive in 1994, 2001 and 2006 and Meritorious Executive in 1993 and 1998. While active in all the transitions during his tenure, in 2001 he was appointed the senior career executive responsible for executing the authorities of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy until a new Assistant Secretary was confirmed by the Senate.



Colin Hayes

Biography coming.



Eric Hittinger

Eric Hittinger holds a PhD is in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a MS in Macromolecular Science and BS in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Professor Hittinger has a background in electricity system policy, operation, and economics, with a focus on understanding the benefits and limitations of energy storage and renewable electricity sources. His research often uses techno-economic modeling of electricity systems to understand the effects of system policies and interactions.



Elgie Holstein

Elgie Holstein is Senior Director for Strategic Planning at Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, DC.
Elgie’s government service has included:

  • Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget;
  • Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, White House National Economic Council;
  • Deputy Undersecretary and Assistant Secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy.
As a consultant to the federal government, Elgie worked for the Department of Energy; led a post-9/11 workforce analysis of the FBI; and advised the Department of Defense on military family support and benefit programs.
Earlier in his career, Elgie worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures; served as a congressional staff member; and was president of a national non-profit consumer financial education organization.
Prior to joining EDF in 2009, he was co-director of the Obama presidential transition team at DOE.



Nancy Homeister

Nancy Homeister is the Manager of Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Regulatory Strategy for Ford Motor Company, in the Sustainability, Environmetal and Safety Engineering group. She has been with Ford nearly 27 years and has worked predominantly with vehicle environmental regulations and compliance. Ms. Homeister is responsible for establishing the global corporate stategy to support the Company’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the vehicle fleet as well as manufacturing. She has been actively involved in Ford’s efforts to establish relationships with key stakeholders to support vehicle electrification, and has supported vehicle and fuel quality regulatory development in the United States and in Europe, leading the efforts to develop the first Worldwide Fuel Charter. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA (International Business) from the University of Sydney, Australia.



Mario Hurtado

As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Development of Clean Line Energy, Mario Hurtado draws on 20 years of experience in the power and energy industries to collaborate with the company’s management on developing its four transmission line projects.

In addition to his role on the management team, Mario leads the development efforts for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, a direct current transmission line that will connect clean wind power produced in the Oklahoma Panhandle, where it is abundant and inexpensive, to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast, areas that lack access to new, low-cost, clean energy. In this role, Mario manages the regulatory procedures, outreach efforts, environmental considerations, and siting planning necessary for implementing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. Mario’s unique position on both the management team and a project development team allows him to integrate the long-term vision of Clean Line with the day-to-day management of developing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.

Prior to joining Clean Line, Mario headed all development and operations in Central America and the Caribbean at Globeleq, a successful start-up power developer and operator focused on the emerging markets. While at Globeleq, Mario acquired, built and managed a portfolio of traditional and renewable electric generating plants. As an executive at Reliant Energy and Duke Energy, he led corporate transactions and managed the commercial issues involving large utilities and generating plants throughout Latin and North America. Mario also developed liquefied natural gas terminals in the U.S. and Europe. Mario received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City with a major in Political Science. He pursued his Master of Arts in International Relations with concentrations in International Economics and Latin American Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Mario is involved with the Houston World Affairs Council, the National Association of Hispanic MBAs, and The Wind Coalition.



John Jimison

John W. Jimison is the Senior Advisor to the Energy Future Coalition, a non-partisan public policy initiative of the UN Foundation that promotes energy policy options to address challenges of energy infrastructure modernization, global climate change, and the clean-energy economies. In that role, he manages campaigns to improve energy efficiency, modernize the electricity grid, and increase the role of carbon-free energy in our economy. From 2007 through 2010, Mr. Jimison served as Senior Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on energy efficiency, regulatory matters, natural gas policy, energy markets, and electric grid modernization. He was the principal House staff counsel for major portions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Waxman-Markey), which passed the House of Representatives in 2009 but was not enacted. Mr. Jimison practiced energy and regulatory law from 1987 through 2006 in Federal and state jurisdictions, with emphasis on natural gas regulation and distributed generation. 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 prior energy-policy positions with the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the College of Wooster, and is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia.



Marianne S Kah

Marianne Kah is the chief economist for ConocoPhillips based in Houston. She is responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil and natural gas, and is also the company’s expert in scenario planning.

Prior to joining Conoco, Kah had been manager of planning at Cabot Corporation; a planner at the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation; and a management analyst for energy at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she conducted energy policy studies for U.S. Congressional energy committees.

She has presented her views at major conferences around the world. She was also a past president of the United States Association for Energy Economics, and received a Senior Fellow Award from that organization.



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.



Mary Lashley Barcella

Mary Lashley Barcella, Director, IHS Energy, follows North American natural gas markets, focusing on long-term outlooks, pricing, economics, and policy. Her recent research includes the implications of North American unconventional oil and gas for global energy markets, scenario analysis, and the role of natural gas in a carbon-constrained environment. She coauthored the IHS Energy studies Shale Gas Reloaded, Fueling North America’s Energy Future, Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing It Home, and several papers on methane emissions. Dr. Barcella has 35 years of experience in energy market, policy, regulatory, investment, and geopolitical analysis, as well as macroeconomic forecasting. She has provided consulting services to government and industry clients on natural gas pipeline regulation, energy market analysis, and energy modeling and statistics. Before joining IHS (formerly CERA) she held positions at the American Petroleum Institute, the American Gas Association, and several energy consulting firms. She was a founding member of the International Association for Energy Economics and is also a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association. Dr. Barcella holds a BA magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and an MA and a PhD from the University of Maryland.



William C Lawson

Bill Lawson is vice president of Corporate Development and Project Execution for Williams. Lawson’s experience combines know-how in management, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, acquisition-integration, marketing and finance with a broad knowledge of the energy value chain. Prior to assuming his current role in 2012, Lawson’s 18 years of experience at Williams have included executive-level roles spanning finance, planning and analysis and business development. Prior to his experience in the energy industry, Lawson worked for Electronic Data Systems.



Jane Lyder

Jane Lyder recently retired from Federal service after 36 years at the Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary. She was the longest serving Legislative Counsel for Interior, working in the Office of the Legislative Counsel for over 30 years and heading it from 1994-2008. In that capacity she worked with every bureau and agency within the Department. She was a primary drafter of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 and worked on a number of onshore and offshore oil and gas issues during her tenure. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Jane the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service. In 2009, Jane was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. In that role, she was head of the US delegation to Doha Qatar in 2010 to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species and served as the Secretary’s representative at the Incident Command Center in Houma, LA, in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also acted as the Superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park during 2011. Jane now assists the National Park Service in its work with the Bureau of Reclamation on a new plan of operation for Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. She was most recently actively involved in the Bush-Obama transition.



Stephen Munro

Stephen Munro is Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s US policy analyst. He focuses on administrative, legislative and regulatory developments affecting the finance and deployment of low-carbon energy. Stephen began covering energy policy and markets in 1984. Prior to joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance in 2010, he held senior editorial and product-management positions with Platts, Hart Energy and Thompson Publishing Group.



Chris Pedersen

Chris Pedersen is a North American LNG Analyst for S&P Global Platts. Based in Houston, Chris oversees the Gulf Coast Marker, a daily price assessment that values US LNG from a free-on-board (FOB) basis. Together, with his team in London and Singapore, Platts assesses the value of LNG, along with freight rates throughout the world.

Prior to joining Platts, Chris has held various consulting roles in the oil, coal, and natural gas industry. Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in International Relations and a concentration in Economics. He completed his Masters of Science in Energy Policy at New York University. Chris is an Energy Risk Professional, ERP, certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.



Andre Plourde

André Plourde is Professor, Department of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

André has also held academic positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Alberta. In 1997-98, André was Director of Economic Studies and Policy Analysis with the federal Department of Finance. In 2003-04, he served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the Energy sector at Natural Resources Canada.

In 2007, he was appointed to Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel; he also served as President of the International Association for Energy Economics during that year. In 2010, he was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s expert panel on the environmental and health impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry. His research interests have centered mainly on energy economics and on Canadian energy and environmental policy issues.



Juan Rosellon

Juan Rosellón is Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), in Mexico City, and Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin). He is also member of the Board of the Mexican Electricity Independent System Operator (CENACE). He has also been visiting professor at TU Dresden, TU Berlin as well as Repsol-YPF-Harvard-Kennedy-School Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School. He was Editor-in-Chief of Latin American Economic Review, and is currently a member of the editorial board of Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, and of the Review of Network Economics. In 2009 he was awarded with the 4th Reimut Jochimsen Prize by the German Central Bank. Juan’s research focuses on incentive regulatory mechanisms for electricity and natural gas markets and networks.



Charles Rossmann

Charles Greer Rossmann is forecasting and model development manager of Southern Company. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He analyzes the economics of environmental policy and its implementation, especially focusing on prospective CO2 control and electricity generation. He led the economic analysis that supported Southern Company’s 2005 Environmental Assessment Report to Shareholders. He has been with Southern Company since 1998. He currently serves as Vice President, Conferences of the US Association for Energy Economics. He was a member of the 2003 National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Study; he participates in Stanford Energy Modeling Forum climate and energy efficiency studies. He is a member of the American Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Before joining Southern Company he was Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. He graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.



Tom Russo

Tom Russo is the founder and President of Russo on Energy LLC, a consultancy that provides regulatory and strategic advice on siting hydropower, natural gas, and LNG facilities. The company also advises other consultants and investors on the effects of natural gas and oil markets on the electric power sector. Between 1978 and 2015, Mr. Russo was a career Federal employee under seven Presidents and various Chairmen at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington DC. At FERC, he served as a Manager and Senior Energy Industry Analyst in various offices, performing hydropower licensing, business process reengineering, external affairs and most recently natural gas and oil market oversight in FERC’s Office of Enforcement. Mr. Russo’s business and environmental background was used to formulate policy and implement regulations that provided safe and environmentally sound natural gas and hydropower infrastructure and promoted competitive energy markets free of manipulation. Mr. Russo worked extensively with numerous FERC Chairman, fellow Commissioners of both parties, and Schedule C employees that came in after each election. He will provide the audience with candid insights and advice for how best to deal with Presidential transitions from the standpoint of a middle manager at FERC, a small, but fast-paced agency that regulates the natural gas, oil and electric power sectors.



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.



Adam E Sieminski

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

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

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



James L Smith

Dr. James Smith has specialized in energy studies since receiving his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1977 and has published many scholarly articles on the oil and gas industry. Dr. Smith currently serves as co-editor of The Energy Journal - the flagship journal of the International Association for Energy Economics, and as president-elect of the United States Association for Energy Economics. In addition to his academic duties at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Smith frequently provides consulting services to energy companies, regulatory agencies, and government officials, in the US and abroad.



Jameson T (JT) Smith

JT Smith is the Director of Policy Studies at MISO. JT has been with MISO since 2006 where he has worked in the development of a long-term value-based transmission planning process utilizing resource expansion and production cost models. JT was project manager for the Regional Generation Outlet Study, has supported the MISO and eastern interconnect regulators through the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council and is currently focusing much of his time towards issues around generation fleet change driven by public policy and economic factors. Prior to MISO, JT worked for American Electric Power as a Transmission Planning Engineer. JT received his BSEE from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.



Keller Staley

Keller Staley is a Senior Vice President for Longenecker & Associates, Inc. (L&A) and recently appointed as the first Corporate Risk Officer. L&A is a woman-owned small business with extensive work at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Keller has over 30 years of experience managing complex, multi-million dollar contracts supporting DOE and NNSA Headquarters and Field organizations including the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Office of Environmental Management (EM), the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), the Savannah River Site and others. He has worked closely with DOE executives – political appointees and career managers – through several Administration transitions and through a dozen larger and smaller re-organizations extending from those transitions. Keller’s major focus currently is the recompetition of several multi-billion dollar DOE / NNSA contracts for managing the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, the Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and others. Keller has an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from DePauw University.



James L Sweeney

James (Jim) Sweeney is the director and founder of Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and a professor of management science and engineering. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment, currently concentrating on energy efficiency in the U.S. He is a senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, California Council on Science & Technology, Hoover Institution, Precourt Institute for Energy, and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. At Stanford he has served as Director of the Energy Modeling Forum, Chairman of the Institute for Energy Studies, and Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research (now Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research). He is a member of the external advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and of the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee. He was a founding member of the International Association for Energy Economics and has been a member of numerous committees of the National Research Council. With Alan Kneese, he was editor of the three volume North Holland Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics. Jim is the author of The California Electricity Crisis, an analytical history of with California’s electricity restructuring and subsequent crisis. His book, Energy Efficiency: Building a Clean, Secure Economy, will be published by Hoover Institution Press this summer. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and his PhD from Stanford in engineering-economic systems.



Ross Swimmer

Ross O. Swimmer is currently a Partner in Native American Fund Advisors, LLC of Tulsa. He began his career as an attorney in Oklahoma City in1967 and was appointed attorney for the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma in 1972, eventually becoming General Counsel. In 1975, he was elected to the office of Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the second person elected to hold this title since Oklahoma Statehood in 1907. Ross was elected to three consecutive four-year terms. He left the Nation in 1985 at the request of the Reagan Administration to become Assistant Secretary Department of the Interior - Indian Affairs, and is the only sitting leader of an Indian Tribe to hold this office. Ross served as the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs through the transition to the new Administration in 1989. After leaving the Department of the Interior, he returned to the practice of law with the firm Hall Estill in Tulsa, Oklahoma, representing Indian Tribes including his own Cherokee Nation. In 2001, he was asked by Secretary of the Interior Gayle Norton to return to Washington and ultimately to become the Special Trustee for American Indians in the George W. Bush Administration. The transition from stakeholder (Chief of the Cherokees) to Assistant Secretary (overseer/federal trustee for tribes) was unique. Likewise, later becoming a federal appointee as Special Trustee was challenging because the previous Clinton Administration’s failure to move forward on various court orders that were pending when the new Bush Administration arrived.



Michael J Teague

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Teague served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years before retiring with the rank of Colonel. Teague served in many capacities during his time in the Army including commander for the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for a civil works program encompassing all of Oklahoma, a large portion of southern Kansas and the panhandle of northern Texas. He oversaw over 700 employees in engineering, construction and operations, as well as an annual budget of $700 million.

Throughout his career, Secretary Teague has dealt with power generation and distribution, water desalinization, and environmental impact studies. He has facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions regarding federal and state agencies, tribes, and local stakeholders and has acted as a liaison between the Tulsa District and the United States Congress.

Secretary Teague also served in operational assignments in Germany, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and numerous stateside duty stations. He deployed several times to the Middle East and central Asia including commanding the 52nd Engineer Battalion in Mosul, Iraq in support of the 101st Airborne Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Secretary Teague received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University. He also received master’s degrees in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.



Christine Tezak

Christine Tezak is a veteran energy analyst who leads ClearView’s coverage of electricity markets, interstate pipelines, energy infrastructure and U.S. environmental policy. Her two decades of experience in electric utility and natural gas pipeline sectors enable her to craft prescient, timely and impactful analysis, particularly as energy and environmental issues have converged.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Tezak was a senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. and a senior vice president with the Washington Research Group. She has testified before the FERC and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ms. Tezak is Past President of the Washington, D.C.-based Women's Council on Energy & the Environment. She remains active in WCEE and is a member of the Natural Gas Roundtable.

Ms. Tezak holds a bachelor's degree in Russian from Boston College and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University.



Bob Tippee

Bob Tippee is Editor of Oil & Gas Journal, a weekly trade magazine, and its website, Oil & Gas Journal Online. Since joining the Journal staff in 1977, he has written on all technical, economic, and political aspects of the international petroleum industry. He writes the Journal’s weekly editorials and a weekly column, The Editor’s Perspective. His work has won awards from American Business Media, New York Society of Business Press Editors, Association of Petroleum Writers, International Association for Energy Economics, International Association of Energy Advocates, and Houston Society for Technical Communications. He has won the Cicero Speechwriting Award three times and is the 2010 recipient of American Business Media’s G.D. Crain, Jr. Award honoring contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media.

Tippee became the Journal’s chief editor in January 1999. He also was Editor-in-Chief of the 1997 through 2001 editions of the Journal’s annual affiliate, International Petroleum Encyclopedia.

Tippee has directed many PennWell Petroleum Group conferences and written or cowritten three books on oil and gas subjects.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Tulsa and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years.



Philip K Verleger Jr

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of these markets, especially his papers on how energy went from being a monopolized good to a real commodity and the transformation’s consequences.

Dr. Verleger played a critical role in creating the oil futures markets. His most recent research has shown that the crude oil price collapse that began in 2014 shares many characteristics with the subprime housing debacle that precipitated Lehman Brothers’ failure and the Great Recession of 2009. This new research suggests the oil price decline will have very long-lasting and negative implications for much of the energy sector, even if prices rebound periodically.

Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on 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 Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration

Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a Senior Fellow.



Tina Vital

Ms. Vital has more than 20 years of energy investment experience focused on the energy debt, equity and commodity markets. She has held senior financial positions with APG Asset Management, Sumitomo Mitsui, Booz Allen Hamilton, Standard & Poor’s, PNC Capital Markets and Citigroup, and engineering positions with ABB Combustion Engineering and ExxonMobil. She has been a frequent guest on international financial news shows and is the author of numerous engineering and energy investment publications. Tina is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, holds a MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.



Scott Vogt

Vogt joined ComEd in 1998 as a financial analyst, and served a variety of positions in Finance including Director of Finance at Exelon Nuclear, where he was responsible for the development of monthly financial forecasts, monthly financial reporting packages, and plant valuations. Vogt also held positions as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for both Exelon Corporation and ComEd, where he coordinated and executed the annual budget and long range financial planning processes. While at ComEd, he was a member of the Electric Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) negotiation team.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President of Energy Acquisition, Vogt was the Vice President of Regulatory Projects where he was responsible for supporting the Transmission and Distribution rate making processes as well as leading a team evaluating post-EIMA regulatory structures.



Brian Waidmann

Brian Waidmann is Chief of Staff at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). Prior to ACLI, Mr. Waidmann served as chief of staff for two Cabinet Secretaries, including Governor Kempthorne, was a senior advisor to the Transition Team of President-elect George W. Bush, served as Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President George H.W. Bush, was a senior advisor and staff manager for three U.S. Senators and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the White House working for President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Waidmann was responsible for Senate confirmation of the President’s nominees, including cabinet officers, heads of financial service institutions and federal agencies, ambassadors and federal judges. He advocated the President’s fiscal policies being debated in the Senate. Mr. Waidmann also has a background in journalism, having worked for the Denver Post, Littleton Independent and Colorado Daily. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado.