Dr. Daniel Yergin
IHS Vice Chairman, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, and Founder, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Manager of International Legal Affairs, Project Finance, Petroquímica de Venezuela SA
Sean D. McMaster
Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and General Counsel, TransCanada Corporation
Managing Director, Global Head of Origination, Structured Finance, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
Hogan Lovells’ Energy and Natural Resources Group hosted the 2013 Global Energy Summit, an exclusive event with top-level executives from the world’s most influential energy companies. Thought leaders discussed global energy developments, regulation, policy, regional market challenges, and advancements.
The Summit also addressed current energy trends and served as a forum for assessing and discussing markets, capital demands, and investment opportunities.
Dr. Daniel Yergin
IHS Vice Chairman
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Founder, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Dr. Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and vice chairman of IHS. In selecting Daniel as one of the “hundred people who mattered” worldwide, TIME magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” The New York Times described Daniel as “America’s most influential energy pundit.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”
Daniel is the author of the new bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. He is known around the world for his book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Both The Prize and Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy were made into award-winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC.
Daniel has been awarded the United States Energy Award; the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy; the Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy; and an award from the International Association for Energy Economics.
Daniel serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, is chairman of its energy subcommittee, and chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He was also a member of the advisory board’s subcommittee that issued its report on shale gas at the request of President Barack Obama.
Daniel is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the board of the U.S.-Russian Business Council. He is a member of the advisory board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and Singapore’s International Energy Advisory Board. He is the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Head of International Trade
Since 2010, Nilsen Arias has been head of international trade for EP Petroecuador. He is responsible for the exportation of 100 percent of Ecuador’s crude oil and the purchase of needed petroleum products. He has conducted contract negotiations with high-level companies, including PetroChina International, Unipec, Enterprise Products, Treasure, Philips 66, Noble, Repsol, and Lukoil for the supply of crude oil and the purchase of nearly US$70 billion of derivatives. Additionally, he is part of Ecuador’s negotiation team in relationto the new Pacífico refinery in Manabí, Ecuador.
From 1997 to 2007, Nilsen assisted in developing the shatterproof glass market in countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, and China. He then began consulting with Lynx Petroleum regarding mining in Ecuador and petroleum in Brazil.
Nilsen is active in his community through the Rotary Club and was president of Junior Chamber International in 2005.
Nilsen was born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1969. He received a master’s degree in strategic planning at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. He also received degrees in hotel administration and business administration from the Universidad Javeriana in Quito and in senior management from the Instituto Tecnológico Monterrey. He has completed courses in INCAE, ESPE, and executive negotiation at Harvard University.
Managing Director, Global Head of Power Advisory and Project Finance
Allan Baker, managing director, global head of power advisory and project finance, has worked at Société Générale for five years and has been involved in the power sector for more than 25 years, initially as an engineer and then in finance. Allan started his finance career with CDC, the UK development bank, working in Africa to evaluate debt and equity opportunities in the power and industrial sectors.
Since moving into the commercial bank sector, Allan has advised on and/or financed projects in the power sector in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the United States, and Asia. His experience ranges from greenfield renewable energy projects, including off-shore wind, to the acquisition of large thermal power portfolios. This experience has encompassed regulated, partially deregulated, and merchant power markets.
Allan has been involved in various aspects of government policy development, most recently being appointed by the UK Minister of Energy as the finance representative on the UK Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Forum and as commercial lead on the CCS Cost Reduction Task Force. He has a Bachelor of Science with honors in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration, and he is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a chartered engineer.
Manager of International Legal Affairs, Project Finance
Petroquímica de Venezuela SA (Pequiven)
Víctor Barrientos works as an in-house lawyer for Pequiven, the state-owned petrochemical company and the largest petrochemical company in Venezuela, with domestic and international affiliates. Currently, Víctor holds the position of manager of international legal affairs, project finance. He has more than 10 years of experience working actively in project finance, especially in engineering, procurement, and construction contracts and public-private partnerships.
As manager of international legal affairs, project finance, he provides legal advice regarding Venezuelan and international law to the different business units of Pequiven, its board of directors, and the different affiliates and public-private partnerships in which Pequiven participates. Víctor also represents Pequiven before national and international contractors, commercial partners, government agencies, and financial institutions.
Víctor has been invited to speak at several international events sponsored by the American Bar Association, Euromoney Seminars, and the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee. He graduated from the Catholic University of Táchira in Venezuela and earned a Master of Laws in international banking and financial law from Boston University School of Law.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ponderosa Advisors LLC
Porter Bennett has more than 27 years of experience as a consultant to the natural gas and oil industry. He has managed numerous pipeline and production acquisition analyses and helped producers, pipelines, and midstream companies formulate their marketing strategies and implement wholesale and retail natural gas marketing programs.
Porter founded BENTEK Energy LLC in 1985 and developed it into a leading natural gas and oil market analysis and information company with over 100 employees. He sold BENTEK Energy in late 2010 and started his new firm, Ponderosa Advisors, in early 2012. Ponderosa Advisors develops investment strategies for clients based on detailed oil, gas, and water market fundamentals analysis.
Porter is a member of the board of directors and vice president of Western Energy Alliance as well as chairman of its Natural Gas Committee; is an observer with the Potential Gas Committee; participated on the coordinating subcommittee of the recent National Petroleum Council natural gas study; and is a member of the International Gas Union Strategy Committee. He holds a Master of Science in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Arts in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lewis & Clark College.
Theodore F. Craver, Jr.
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Theodore Craver Jr. is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the United States’ largest electric utilities, and Edison Mission Group (EMG), a competitive power generation business and parent company to Edison Mission Energy and Edison Capital.
He was elected chairman and chief executive officer in August 2008 and president in April 2008. He was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of EMG from January 2005 to April 2008. Before that, he was executive vice president of parent company Edison International and held the position of chief financial officer and treasurer from January 2000 through December 2004.
He serves on the board of directors of Health Net Inc. and is on the board and serves as a vice chairman of the Edison Electric Institute. He is also on the board
of the Electric Power Research Institute, the board of trustees of the Autry National Center, and the California board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from the University of Southern California.
Don Scott De Amicis
Vice President and General Counsel
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Don Scott De Amicis joined the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in 2011 and has more than 25 years of legal experience in the finance, corporate, and restructuring areas in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining OPIC, he was a senior partner at Ropes & Gray, where he represented some of the United States’ largest financial institutions and investment funds.
At OPIC, Don manages a legal department that supports the agency’s main business lines in finance (direct loans and investment guarantees), political risk insurance, and investment funds, and provides advice with respect to administrative and regulatory matters. He acts as board counsel to OPIC’s board of directors and represents OPIC in U.S. government interagency matters and on issues involving multilateral and bilateral development finance institutions.
Long active in the American Bar Association (ABA), Don has served on the organization’s board of governors, Latin American and Caribbean Law Initiative Council, and Center for Human Rights, and as chairman of the ABA Section of International Law. He has been a lecturer, writer, and advisor on rule of law issues in developing countries for close to 30 years. Don is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)
Erica Egan has worked at Helaba handling project finance since 2000. She currently manages Helaba’s new business development in the energy sector in North America. The bank specializes in providing term, nonrecourse financing for energy projects. Projects include power plants using conventional fossil fuels and renewable resources as well as natural gas infrastructure facilities such as storage, pipelines, and liquefied natural gas regasification terminals.
Erica has been active in financing wind projects in particular since 2005 and in overseeing the development of Helaba’s solar finance business in the United States in 2010. Helaba’s client base includes large utilities, independent power producers and development companies, and specialized private equity investors with relevant industry experience.
Prior to working at Helaba, Erica worked at American International Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, First National Bank of Chicago, and Chase Manhattan in a range of financial advisory, risk management, and corporate finance roles. She holds a doctorate from the University of East Anglia in England and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
Ernesto Gonzalez is executive vice president of business development and is an active member of ContourGlobal’s executive committee and development committee. Ernesto is responsible for the origination, development, and implementation of greenfield projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions activity.
Ernesto joined ContourGlobal at its inception in 2005 and has more than 13 years of experience in the infrastructure sector worldwide with a focus on power generation and emerging markets. Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Ernesto was a project director in the restructuring group and the integrated utilities group at The AES Corporation. He was previously with Credit Suisse in the global energy and mergers and acquisitions groups in New York.
Ernesto earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in finance from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.
Arthur D. Little’s Global Energy Practice
Rodolfo Guzmán is a partner in Arthur D. Little’s global energy practice and the managing partner of the Houston office where he has been based for the last 10 years. With over 20 years of consulting experience, he has developed an extensive knowledge of the international oil and gas industry and in particular the Latin American energy markets. His consulting work encompasses projects with oil and gas clients in more than 15 countries. His consulting experience includes work in the areas of strategy development, project evaluations, change management, performance improvement, and development of energy policies.
Rodolfo received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering summa cum laude from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. His Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, is from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Palmer Scholar distinction for academic merit.
Theodore M. Helms
Global Head of Investor Relations
Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras)
Theodore Helms has a long and varied career in finance and investor relations in Latin America. He graduated from Columbia College in New York City in 1981 with a degree in philosophy/economics.
Following graduation, he worked for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. (now merged with JP Morgan) from 1981 to 1991. He worked in the New York office of Petróleos de Venezuela SA from 1991 to 1999, where he was a member of the team raising corporate and project finance debt to support the company’s significant expansion plan throughout the decade.
He joined Petrobras in 1999 as general manager of the New York office, where he has been involved in a wide range of finance-related activities to support the company’s growth. He has actively participated in Petrobras’ efforts to access the international debt and equity capital markets, including working with ratings agencies to obtain an investment grade rating for Petrobras. In August 2007, He was named executive manager of investor relations for Petrobras, where in 2010 he assisted in the planning and execution of the company’s US$70 billion equity offering.
Chair of Investment Committee
UK Green Investment Bank plc
Anthony Marsh is chair of the investment committee at the Green Investment Bank (GIB). Prior to joining GIB, he was a partner in ContourGlobal, a power development company, serving as chief executive officer of its combined heat and power plants business, developing and operating projects in Europe and Africa.
Previously, he was responsible for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s activities in the power and gas distribution sector in the former Soviet economies for seven years.
He began his banking career in 1983, and between 1994 and 2000 he was responsible for Deutsche Bank’s power project finance activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, closing projects in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
RockPort Capital Partners
Chuck McDermott is a general partner at RockPort Capital Partners, a multistage venture capital firm that invests in the areas of alternative and traditional energy, mobility, and sustainability. Chuck began his cleantech career over 20 years ago helping to launch in 1984 the United States’ first independent bulk electric power trading company, the predecessor to Citizens Power. He then served two terms as chief of staff to Congressman Joseph Kennedy II before joining Waste Management, the world’s largest environmental services company, as vice president for government affairs.
During his 12 years of senior-level energy and environmental policy work in Washington, D.C., Chuck established strong administrative and strategic relationships that have put him at the forefront of cleantech policy deliberations today. He brought this public/private sector experience to RockPort Capital Partners in 1998. Chuck studied at Yale University.
Chuck currently serves on the board of RockPort Capital Partners portfolio company Project Frog. He is the past chairman of the GridWise Alliance, a member of the Smart Grid Policy Center Advisory Council, and founder of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Capital Advisory Committee and the Energy Future Coalition Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Greentech Advisory Council.
Sean D. McMaster
Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and General Counsel
Sean McMaster is executive vice president, stakeholder relations and general counsel with overall responsibility for the management of TransCanada Corporation’s legal and regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations, internal audit, and corporate security. As chief compliance officer, Sean is also responsible for compliance matters generally. He was appointed to this position in June 2006; prior to this, Sean served as vice president of power at TransCanada Corporation and was responsible for executing major transactions. Until its divestment in 2005, Sean was president of TransCanada Power LP, a publicly held limited partnership that owned power plants in Canada and the United States.
Sean graduated from the University of Windsor with honors in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science. He received his Bachelor of Laws with a focus on corporate and commercial law from the University of Alberta in 1989 and was the editor-in-chief of the Alberta Law Review. Sean received his Master of Business Laws from York University in 2006 with a focus on corporate governance. He obtained the Chartered Director designation from the Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada) in 2010.
Juan Carlos Mesa
Director, Mergers and Acquisitions
Juan Carlos Mesa is a professional with extensive international experience in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas, offering successful leadership in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategy development, commercial and financial feasibility studies, and investment portfolio valuation.
Juan is currently the mergers and acquisitions director of Ecopetrol, responsible for business development activities within the company nationally and internationally. Previously, he worked for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as senior investment manager (M&A), responsible for the development of new petrochemical business worldwide. He also worked in strategy consultancy for Charles River Associates–CRA International, an American company based in the Middle East, working with private equities involved in the oil and gas industry and with clients across different sectors. Juan previously spent several years in the United Kingdom working for Shell International Petroleum Company.
Juan holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Universidad de America, Colombia. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, and has a specialization in international business management from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia.
Senior Managing Director
Drew Murphy joined Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc. (MIRA) in January 2013 and leads the utilities and energy team for MIRA’s funds in the Americas. He focuses on management of MIRA’s existing investments as well as identifies new investments in the utilities, power generation, midstream energy, and renewable energy sectors.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Drew was an executive vice president of NRG Energy Inc. for six years, serving in several roles, including head of the strategy and mergers and acquisitions team, president of NRG’s Northeast region, and general counsel. Drew joined NRG from the law firm of Hunton & Williams where he was a partner and led the firm’s energy and project finance practice.
Drew serves on the boards of directors of Puget Energy, Duquesne Light Company, Leaf River Energy Center, the American Council on Renewable Energy, and the Regional Plan Association. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University.
The Honourable Joe Oliver
Minister of Natural Resources
Government of Canada
The Honourable Joe Oliver is Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. He was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in May 2011.
Prior to his election to Parliament, he had a career in the investment banking industry. He began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed president and chief executive officer of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He also played a prominent role as chair of the advisory committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as chair of the consultative committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.
A graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, he was a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and sat on the board of the Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation. He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University. He was called to the Bar of Quebec and later graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Thomas A. Petrie
Prior to joining Petrie Partners as chairman in 2012, Thomas Petrie was vice chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, he was a co-founder of Petrie Parkman & Co., a Denver- and Houston-based energy investment banking firm that merged with Merrill Lynch in December 2006. Thomas was a former managing director and senior oil analyst of The First Boston Corporation. During his career, Thomas has been an active advisor on more than US$200 billion of energy-related mergers and acquisitions.
An active member of several industry associations, Thomas is a past president and member of the board of directors of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. He has also served on the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Board on Oil and Gas Accounting and has delivered a number of technical papers to the Society of Petroleum Engineers on the subjects of petroleum valuation, merger and acquisition trends, and energy policy.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received his Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. In December 2005, he received an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a chartered financial analyst.
Managing Director, Global Head of Origination, Structured Finance
Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB)
With 36 years of experience in the City of London, Andy Robinson is today responsible for NORD/LB’s global project finance origination and execution businesses, focusing on energy (mainly renewable) and social infrastructure.
Having learned his “trade” at Williams & Glyn’s Bank and then Royal Bank of Scotland, Andy joined NORD/LB as part of the London branch startup team and has gone on to hold several key positions, culminating in the establishment of the current business model and focus some seven years ago. NORD/LB is today one of the leading players in the renewable energy field, having financed in excess of 12,000 megawatts of renewable energy throughout Europe and North America.
Educated at the University of London, City University, and Ashridge Business School, Andy has obtained numerous qualifications in finance and business administration and holds a masters qualification in general and strategic management.
Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower)
Paulinus Shilamba is an electrical engineer by profession and has more than 20 years of practical experience in the electricity sector. From 1990 to 2000, he served in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, first as an electrical engineer, then as deputy director of electricity, and finally as director of energy.
Paulinus was one of the architects for the development of the national energy policy, the process that culminated in the adoption of the Energy White Paper in 1998 and the subsequent process for the restructuring of the electricity market and distribution subsector. He also spearheaded the development of the electricity legislation, the process that culminated in the creation of the Electricity Control Board (ECB) in July 2000. From 2000 to 2006, Paulinus worked for the ECB, the electricity regulator, as general manager: technical services. His regulatory responsibilities included regulation of quality of supply and service standards, market development, and licensees compliance monitoring. In May 2006, he was appointed to the position of managing director of NamPower, the national power utility company.
Paulinus obtained a Master of Science at the High Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1988. He also obtained a Diploma in Management and Business Administration at the Henley Management College, United Kingdom, in 1998.
CORE International Inc.
Vinod Shrivastava is a director of CORE International Inc., an international management consulting firm that he founded in 1984 in Washington, D.C. Over his 29-year career in the power sector, Vinod has advised donors, governments, regulators, and utilities on interventions to increase access of modern energy as a way to economic and social development. His areas of expertise include power sector project development, sector reform and restructuring, power market development and power pools, utility capitalization and privatization strategies, and regulatory interventions to improve both access and quality of electricity supply and service to consumers. Over the last 15 years, he has worked extensively with donors, utilities, and regulators in Africa on power sector planning, project development, IRP development, due diligence of power sector investments, IPP regime development, regulatory governance, and creative power project financing and implementation approaches.
Vinod is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania’s Advanced Management Program, and has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy (all but dissertation). He was a UNESCO Fellow in Denmark and a Fulbright Fellow in the United States. During his career, Vinod has received numerous awards and commendations from many reforming governments and private companies worldwide.
Jonathan D. Smidt
Member and Senior Leader of the Energy Team
KKR & Co. L.P.
Jonathan Smidt joined KKR & Co. in 2000 and leads KKR Natural Resources. He is also a senior member of KKR & Co.’s energy and infrastructure business. Jonathan sits on the boards of AOT, Energy Future Holdings, Laureate Education, Samson Resources, and Westbrick Energy. Prior to joining KKR & Co., Smidt was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in their investment banking group where he was focused on the energy and power sector and mergers and acquisitions.
Jonathan started his career at Ernst & Young in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town.
Susan F. Tierney
Analysis Group Inc.
Susan Tierney, a managing principal at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation, and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to businesses, government, tribes, environmental groups, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects. Previously, she served as the assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy as well as in senior positions in Massachusetts state government.
Susan chairs the External Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is a director of the World Resources Institute, ClimateWorks Foundation, the Alliance to Save Energy, and other environmental organizations. She served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and its Shale Gas Subcommittee. She recently chaired the policy subgroup of the National Petroleum Council’s study of the natural gas and oil resource base in North America and co-chaired the North American Energy Standards Board Gas/Electric Harmonization Committee. Susan earned her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in regional planning at Cornell University and her Bachelor of Arts at Scripps College.
Bill White joined Lazard in 2012 as chairman of Lazard Houston and senior advisor with a focus on energy. Prior to joining Lazard, he served as mayor of Houston from 2004 to 2009 and was twice re-elected with an average margin of 88 percent. As mayor, Bill initiated the first major pension reform by any U.S. state or large city. His relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina earned national recognition.
Bill served as deputy secretary of energy of the United States from 1993 to 1995. As the department’s chief operating officer, he successfully promoted the use of new technologies for oil and gas exploration, the development of alternative forms of energy, and the diversification of the world’s oil supply.
Bill was chief executive officer for seven years of WEDGE Group, one of Texas’ fastest growing energy-related businesses. He has served on the boards of numerous public companies, including BJ Services, Pioneer Drilling, CB&I, and USEC. He began his career as a lawyer specializing in antitrust securities and energy-related matters, and he helped manage one of the nation’s most successful law firms. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from University of Texas.
Dr. Xie Kai
President of the U.S. Representative Office
State Grid Corporation of China
Dr. Xie Kai is president of the U.S. Representative Office for the State Grid Corporation of China. Prior to his current position, he served as chief technology officer of Tianjin Power Company. He was also with North China Power Grid Company for seven years as director of smart grid, deputy chief engineer, and director of dispatching center, respectively. He was a senior engineer with ABB in Santa Clara, Calif. from 2000 to 2003.
Kai earned his Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering from Brunel University UK in 2000.
Chad J. Zamarin
Chief Operating Officer
NiSource Midstream Services LLC
Chad Zamarin serves as chief operating officer of Midstream Services for Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG). In this role, he oversees the midstream growth strategy and midstream operations across the NiSource Midstream Services footprint.
Before assuming his current role in November 2012, Chad was senior vice president of business integration and prior to that was vice president of engineering for CPG. In his roles at NiSource Midstream Services, Chad has provided direction and leadership for restructuring the company’s integrity management and system reliability programs, building and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders, and executing strategic growth and infrastructure enhancement programs.
Chad has been an active industry leader in many areas, including the advancement of pipeline design, operating and maintenance standards, integrity management programs, federal regulations for pipeline safety, and industry best practices. He was appointed by U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray Lahood and serves on the DOT Pipeline Safety Advisory Committee. Chad serves on the board of directors for the Pipeline Research Council International and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation.
Chad has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Rise of Shale Production and Its Impact on Global Gas and Oil Prices, Investment Trends, and Infrastructure Development
|Porter Bennett||President and Chief Executive Officer||Ponderosa Advisors LLC|
|Drew Murphy||Senior Managing Director||Macquarie Group|
|Thomas A. Petrie||Chairman||Petrie Partners|
|Jonathan D. Smidt||Member and Senior Leader of the Energy Team||KKR & Co. L.P.|
Energy Infrastructure Crisis in the U.S. and the Role of Foreign Investment
|Theodore F. Craver, Jr.||Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer||Edison International|
|Sean D. McMaster||Executive Vice President Stakeholder Relations and General Counsel||TransCanada Corporation|
|Bill White||Chairman||Lazard Houston|
|Chad Zamarin||Chief Operating Officer||NiSource Midstream Services LLC|
State-Owned Latin American Energy Corporations Discuss the Expansion of Large-Scale Projects and Emerging Investments
|Nilsen Arias||Head of International Trade||EP Petroecuador|
|Víctor Barrientos||Manager of International Legal Affairs, Project Finance||Petroquimica de Venezuela S.A.|
|Rodolfo Guzmán||Partner||Arthur D. Little|
|Theodore M. Helms||Global Head of Investor Relations||Petróleo Brasileiro SA|
|Juan Carlos Mesa||Director, Mergers and Acquisitions||Ecopetrol S.A.|
Risks and Opportunities for Renewable Energy in the Age of Shale
|Erica Egan||Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance||Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen|
|Anthony Marsh||Chair of Investment Committee||UK Green Investment Bank plc|
|Chuck McDermott||General Partner||RockPort Capital Partners|
|Andy Robinson||Managing Director, Global Head of Origination, Structured Finance||Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale|
|Susan F. Tierney||Managing Principal||Analysis Group Inc.|
Attraction and Potential Pitfalls for International Players Looking to Participate in African Markets
|Allan Baker||Managing Director, Global Head of Power Advisory and Project Finance||Société Générale|
|Don Scott De Amicis||Vice President and General Counsel||Overseas Private Investment Corporation|
|Ernesto Gonzalez||Executive Vice President of Business Development||ContourGlobal|
|Paulinus Shilamba||Managing Director||Namibia Power Corporation|
|Vinod K. Shrivastava||Director||CORE International Inc.|
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Monday, 16 September
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening reception and networking
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm On Stage Conversation: Dr. Daniel Yergin and Dr. Xie Kai
Tuesday, 17 September
7:00 am – 8:15 am Breakfast available
8:15 am – 8:30 am Opening remarks and introduction
8:30 am – 9:30 am Rise of Shale Production and Its Impact on Global Gas and Oil Prices, Investment Trends, and Infrastructure Development
9:30 am – 10:00 am Featured Morning Speaker: Honorable Joe Oliver
10:00 am – 10:15 am Networking break
10:15 am – 11:15 am State-owned Latin American Energy Corporations Discuss the Expansion of Large-Scale Projects and Emerging Investments
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Risks and Opportunities for Renewable Energy in the Age of Shale
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Networking break
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Keynote: Dr. Daniel Yergin
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Networking break
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Energy Infrastructure Crisis in the U.S. and the Role of Foreign Investment
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Networking break
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Attraction and Potential Pitfalls for International Players Looking to Participate in African Markets
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
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