Dr. Franklin Orr
Under Secretary for Science and Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy on December 17, 2014.
As Under Secretary, Dr. Orr is the principal adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. Dr. Orr is the inaugural Under Secretary for the office, which was created by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to closely integrate the Department of Energy’s (DOE) basic science, applied research, technology development, and deployment efforts. As Under Secretary, he oversees the DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science. In total, these programs steward the majority of the DOE’s National Laboratories (13 of 17).
Prior to joining the DOE, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985. He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013. He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002.
He was head of the Miscible Flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1978 to 1985; a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center from 1976 to 1978; and assistant to the director, Office of Federal Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1972. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in chemical engineering.
Dr. Orr is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute from 1987 to 2014, and was a member of the board of trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2008, for which he also chaired the Science Advisory Panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2014. He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future.
Dr. Daniel Yergin
Vice Chairman, IHS
Founder, 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 Dr. Yergin as one of the “hundred people who mattered” worldwide, TIME magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” The New York Times described Dr. Yergin as “America’s most influential energy pundit.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”
Dr. Yergin 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 & 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.
Dr. Yergin 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.
Dr. Yergin 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.
Dr. Yergin 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. Dr. Yergin holds a B.A. from Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Vice Chairman and Managing Director
Moelis & Company
Eric Cantor is vice chairman and managing director of Moelis & Company. He is also a member of the Moelis & Company board of directors. Cantor, who has more than 25 years of political and business experience, was formerly United States Representative for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and House Majority Leader. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2014. He was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses, where he led the public policy agenda for the House. During his time in office, Cantor was a leading voice on the economy, job creation, and policies focused on improving the lives of the American middle class. He championed pro-growth solutions including lowering taxes, eliminating excessive regulation, strengthening businesses, and encouraging entrepreneurship. He was also regularly featured in publications focusing on a wide range of topics including both domestic and international matters.
Cantor received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.
Managing Director, Global Head Oil and Gas
Credit Suisse Group AG
Osmar Abib is a managing director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in Houston and New York. He is the global head of the Oil & Gas Group and a member of the Operating Committee in the Investment Banking Department.
Abib joined Credit Suisse in 1995 and is vice chairman of the Investment Banking Financing Committee. He has extensive public offering and M&A experience in the Oil and Gas sector.
Abib holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Robert M. Blue
Dominion Virginia Power
Robert M. “Bob” Blue is president–Dominion Virginia Power. He oversees Dominion’s regulated electric transmission, distribution and customer service operations that provide electricity to about 2.4 million customer accounts in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
Blue joined Dominion in 2005 as managing director–State Affairs & Corporate Public Policy, and was later promoted to vice president–State & Federal Affairs. He was named senior vice president-Public Policy & Corporate Communications in May 2008 and became Senior Vice President–Public Policy & Environment in February 2010. He was named senior vice president– Law, Public Policy & Environment in January 2011 and assumed his current post in January 2014.
From 2002 to 2005, Blue served as counselor and director of policy for former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner and was a partner with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson prior to that.
He is a member of the boards of directors of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Healthcare Foundation, the American Civil War Center, the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority, and Sports Backers.
Blue is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Vice President Policy and Electricity Markets
Shaun is a renowned expert on renewable energy policy. He has been recognized by the Alliance for Clean Energy NY for outstanding leadership on clean energy. He was a lead author of the nationally recognized “Feeding the Grid,” a survey of national best practices in net energy metering and photovoltaic interconnection policy. He has served on the board of directors for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Association in Connecticut, as president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and state policy chair for multiple states for SEIA’s state policy committees. Shaun has been involved in the passage and protection of clean energy programs in over a dozen states. For SolarCity, Shaun oversees state and local electricity policy and markets in the Eastern U.S. Shaun has degrees in economics from Hartwick College and the University of Essex, and is a resident of Brooklyn, New York.
Theodore (Ted) F. Craver, Jr.
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Theodore F. Craver, Jr., is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and subsidiaries that are competitive businesses engaged in generation, delivery, or use of electricity.
Craver was elected chairman and chief executive officer in August 2008 and president in April 2008.
Craver was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Edison Mission Group 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.
Before joining Edison in 1996, Craver served as executive vice president and corporate treasurer of First Interstate Bancorp from 1991 to 1996. In that role, he was responsible for corporate development, treasury, and sales and trading of investment and insurance products. While at First Interstate, Craver also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the wholesale banking subsidiary from 1986 to 1991. Before joining First Interstate, he spent four years with Bankers Trust Company of New York and seven years with Security Pacific National Bank in various capital markets sales and trading capacities.
Craver is on the board and serves as chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, and is on the board of the Electric Power Research Institute. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the board of directors of Health Net, Inc. Craver is also on the board of trustees of the Autry National Center, the California board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy, and a board member of the National Museum of American History.
Craver earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from the University of Southern California.
Thomas F. Farrell II
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Dominion Resources, Inc.
Tom Farrell is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources, one of America’s largest energy companies, with a market capitalization of approximately US$45 billion and operations in 14 states.
Under Farrell’s leadership, Dominion Virginia Power, the company’s electric utility serving much of Virginia and northeast North Carolina, has invested about US$2 billion in environmental upgrades and safeguards to its operating facilities, and has achieved double-digit growth in operating earnings per share and in the company’s dividend rate. Dominion has also doubled its philanthropic giving since Farrell became CEO.
Farrell joined Dominion in 1995 and has served in several senior management positions at the holding company and its subsidiaries. Farrell was named president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2006; he was elected chairman of Dominion’s board of directors in April 2007.
The past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, Farrell is the presiding director of Altria Group, Inc. Farrell chairs Colonial Williamsburg’s board of trustees. Farrell also has served on the board of visitors at the University of Virginia, where he was rector. He is a member of the board of visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University and the board of trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Farrell is also chairman of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.
Farrell has led the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform and has served as a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Farrell received both his B.A. in Economics and Law Degree from the University of Virginia.
Anita Marangoly George
Senior Director, Energy and Extractives
The World Bank Group
Anita Marangoly George is Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice. In this position, she provides leadership and strategic direction to the Global Practice that fosters partnerships with key clients through lending, advisory, and knowledge services. The sustainable development of energy and extractive industries is key to delivering on the World Bank’s twin goals of reducing extreme poverty and improving shared prosperity.
Before assuming this position on July 1, 2014, George was the Asia Pacific Regional Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She has played several roles in the World Bank Group, working in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Besides her work with the Bank Group, she has headed Siemens Financial Services in India, covering the telecommunications, power, and transportation sectors, and has also served in management positions with the Steel Authority of India.
George holds a dual master’s degree in business administration and economic policy from Boston University. She is married and the mother of two children.
Russell (Russ) K. Girling
President and Chief Executive Officer
Russ Girling assumed the position of president and chief executive officer on July 1, 2010. Prior to this, he was chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing TransCanada Corporation’s pipeline and energy businesses, corporate development activities and strategies, operations and major projects, and corporate services.
Prior to serving as COO, Girling was president, Pipelines of TransCanada Corporation, where he had overall responsibility for regulated businesses, including gas and oil pipelines in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Girling was also previously executive vice president, Corporate Development and chief financial officer of TransCanada. Through 2001, he was president of TransCanada Gas Services and was responsible for its ultimate disposition.
In 1995 Girling was appointed executive vice president, Power where he had overall responsibility for the creation and management of the TransCanada subsidiary, TransCanada Power, including the creation of TransCanada Power, L.P. Prior to joining TransCanada in 1994, Girling held several marketing and management positions at Suncor Inc., Northridge Petroleum Marketing and Dome Petroleum.
Girling is currently a director of Agrium Inc. He is the former chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Natural Gas Council (NGC), and also a former director of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of TC PipeLines GP, Inc. (general partner of TC PipeLines, LP). Additionally, Girling is the former chairman of TransCanada Power, L.P. and a former director of Bruce Power Inc. He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the U.S. National Petroleum Council, and U.S. Business Roundtable.
Girling co-chaired the 2012 United Way of Calgary Campaign and is a director of the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic. Girling was a 1998/1999 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award for leadership excellence for Canadians under the age of 40. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Haskayne School of Business Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award.
Girling holds a bachelor of commerce degree and a master of business administration in finance from the University of Calgary.
Karen Alderman Harbert
President and Chief Executive Officer
Institute for 21st Century Energy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Karen Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Institute). Harbert leads the institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education, and advocacy.
Under Harbert’s leadership, the Energy Institute has evolved into a premier national and international organization dedicated to advancing a constructive energy agenda with the business community, policymakers, and consumers. Harbert frequently testifies in front of Congress and provides analysis to the media, policymakers, and industry leaders.
Harbert led the Energy Institute’s development of its comprehensive Energy Works for U.S. platform, which provides policy recommendations to secure our nation’s energy future and create millions of jobs, billions of dollars in revenue, and trillions of dollars of private investment. The institute has attracted grassroots advocates across the nation supporting its efforts to capitalize on America’s tremendous energy promise. Under Harbert’s leadership, it established the groundbreaking Index of Energy Security Risk and the International Index of Energy Security Risk, the first tools to quantify America’s energy security on an annual basis.
Harbert is the former assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She was the primary policy adviser to the secretary of energy and to the department on domestic and international energy issues. She negotiated and managed bilateral and multilateral agreements with other countries and also served as vice chairman of the International Energy Agency, which advises its 28 member nations on energy policy issues and orchestrates international responses to energy supply disruptions.
Prior to joining the DOE, Harbert was deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She had oversight of programs in 11 countries, totaling more than US$800 million and 1,000 employees. In the private sector, Harbert worked for a developer of international infrastructure and power projects valued at more than US$9 billion in countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
Harbert gained experience on issues associated with economic reform and privatization through earlier positions at the USAID, the Organization of American States, and the International Republican Institute. She received a degree in international policy studies and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Harbert resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.
David R. Hill
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
David Hill serves as executive vice president and general counsel of NRG Energy, Inc. and NRG Yield, Inc. NRG Energy is a Fortune 250 company that has a broadly diversified portfolio of more than 52,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity. NRG is the second largest solar generation company in the United States, the second largest coal consumer in the country, and the fifth largest wind generator. The company has facilities in 22 states and has almost 3 million retail electric customers. Both NRG Energy and NRG Yield are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Hill has held his positions at NRG since 2012. Prior to that he was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. where he was co-head of the firm’s energy practice. From 2005 to 2009 he served as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For the three years before that, he was the DOE’s deputy general counsel for energy policy. Earlier in his career he was a partner at major law firms in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, MO.
Hill is a native of Smithville, MO. He received his B.S. from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.
Principal Investment Officer
IFC Infrastructure Fund
As principal equity investment officer in IFC for Latin America Energy and Infrastructure, Iribarren brings extensive asset management and sector transaction experience across the globe, particularly in emerging markets with a focus on power and infrastructure. He has been tasked by IFC with significantly expanding the equity pipeline in Latin America and making IFC a leading player in the sector.
He has a 25-year career history in asset management and sector transactions. He was a principal at Global Infrastructure Partners and worked at AES Corporation, where he managed power assets at the CEO and CFO level, including tenures in the Republic of Georgia, El Salvador, and Venezuela. In these positions, he was involved in challenging restructuring, change management, or workout operations, M&A, and debt structuring. Iribarren was a power sector specialist at ING Barings, where he led transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis in power and infrastructure.
Iribarren has an MBA from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and B.S. in civil engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Regional CEO for North & Central America
President & CEO, Marubeni America Corporation
Masumi Kakinoki is a global executive with over 35 years of employment with Marubeni Corporation in Japan and overseas in significant managerial and executive positions in the power industry and in investment management, global corporate planning, and executive leadership positions.
Currently, he holds the concurrent positions of Regional CEO for North & Central America and president and CEO, Marubeni America Corporation. In these roles Kakinoki is responsible for managing and controlling all business operations and financial and administrative activities of Marubeni America, including the management of all business units, U.S. branches, offices, and subsidiaries of Marubeni America. He formulates strategies and polices to promote the overall business and serves as the chief executive liaison with senior management of Marubeni Corporation in Japan on all important issues and business development.
Kakinoki began his career at Marubeni Corporation in 1980 after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in law and has served in several senior positions including as the chief operating officer of the Power Projects and Infrastructure Division of Marubeni and as a representative director of Marubeni’s Board. He was also previously the managing executive officer in charge of Marubeni’s Corporate Planning & Strategy department and has led other corporate departments of Marubeni.
Sean T. Klimczak
Senior Managing Director
Sean T. Klimczak is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in New York. Klimczak is responsible for Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the power generation, transmission, and natural resources sectors on a global basis.
Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Klimczak has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Cheniere Energy Partners, Fisterra Energy, Meerwind, Lonestar Generation, American Petroleum Tankers, and Sithe Global Power. He currently serves on the boards of Cheniere Energy Partners, Fisterra Energy, Meerwind, Lonestar Generation, Black Rhino, Global Water Development Partners, Sithe Global Power, and The Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
Before joining Blackstone, Klimczak was an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners. Prior to that, Klimczak worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division.
Klimczak received a B.B.A. in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and Beta Gamma Sigma. He also received an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated first in his class and was selected as a Baker Scholar, a John L. Loeb Fellow, a Henry Ford II Scholar, and a William J. Carey Scholar.
Neil “Dutch” Kuyper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dutch Kuyper is president and CEO of Parker Ranch, the oldest private business in Hawaii. Parker Ranch is the second largest private landowner in the state of Hawaii and one of the largest cattle ranches in the U.S. Kuyper is responsible for leading the business activities of Parker Ranch in real estate development, agriculture, large scale alternative land use, and community development.
Parker Ranch is advocating for an accelerated transformation of the Big Island’s electricity sector including higher renewables percentages in the generation mix than those reflected in the plans proposed by the incumbent utility and new ideas to modernize the grid including micro grids and community renewables.
Kuyper spent most of his career in investment management and consulting. Prior to joining Parker Ranch, Kuyper was partner and chief operating officer of Capricorn Investment Group in Palo Alto, an early investor in Tesla, SpaceX, and other tech and clean energy companies. Kuyper spent nearly six years with a firm seeded by Tiger Management and eight years with Wellington Management in a variety of positions. Previously, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Coopers and Lybrand in Boston. Kuyper was born and raised on Oahu and Maui, graduated from Punahou, Occidental College, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Managing Director and Head, Project and Energy Finance, Americas
At Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, Roberto is responsible for the bank’s Energy & Project Finance activities in the Americas and focuses on the power and oil and gas sectors. He was named to his present position in January 2007. Previously, he was responsible for Société Générale’s project finance activities in Latin America. Roberto joined Société Générale in 1997 as a managing director in the Project Finance Group. He has focused on the energy sector and has participated in several important project finance and privatization transactions throughout the Americas. Before joining Société Générale,Simon was a vice president in the Global Power Group of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. Simon holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.
Managing Director, Energy Markets Division
Macquarie Bank Limited
David Simpson has spent the last 35 years in various accounting, finance, and marketing roles mainly in the exploration and production sector. As Managing Director Structured Products in the Energy Markets Division, Simpson came to Macquarie in 2009 to provide capital and risk management solutions to upstream companies. With a long history of working with derivatives, he is able to combine derivatives to support and structure creative capital solutions to allow producers to monetize existing reserves for a wide variety of capital needs. In addition, he is able to offer project financing products with little or no existing producing reserves.
Simpson began his career working in Acquisitions at Damson Oil in 1981, where he was involved in more than a dozen producing property acquisitions. In 1987 he became Financial Reporting Manager for the US E&P affiliate of TOTAL, the French major, later becoming Controller of TOTAL America, overseeing almost 50 entities involved in financing, exploration, and production, mining, and specialty chemicals. In 1995,Simpson was promoted to vice president marketing of the E&P affiliate responsible for the physical marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids while also developing the company’s hedging strategy for its equity production.
In 1998, Simpson left TOTAL and worked as vice president of risk management services for Statoil Energy and worked in similar roles for Texaco and Williams Companies. In 2004, he became the CFO of a start-up hedge fund with $150 million of assets under management at its peak and also served as the firm’s chief compliance officer and head of investor relations. In 2008, Simpson joined Constellation Global Commodities Group as vice president of origination, which was then acquired by Macquarie.
Simpson earned his B.A. in accounting and his M.S. in accounting from Sam Houston State University, where he also played college basketball for four years. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Texas.
Riverstone Holdings LLC
Robert Tichio is a partner of Riverstone, based in New York.
Prior to joining Riverstone in 2006, Tichio was in the principal investment area of Goldman Sachs, which manages the firm’s private corporate equity investments. Tichio began his career at J.P. Morgan in the mergers & acquisition group, where he concentrated on assignments that included public company combinations, asset sales, takeover defenses, and leveraged buyouts. Tichio serves on the boards of directors of a number of Riverstone’s portfolio companies.
Tichio received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, where he serves on the board of visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He later received his M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Michael J. Wallace
Former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer
Michael J. Wallace retired in April, 2011 as vice chairman and COO of Constellation Energy and chairman of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which includes nuclear generation of 3,869 megawatts, three sites, and five units in two states. In his capacity as COO, Wallace had direct responsibility for several different business groups including the wholly owned subsidiary Baltimore Gas and Electric and the company security organization; moreover, he had responsibility for a number of corporate wide operational activities from 2008 until retirement. He joined Constellation Energy in January, 2002 as president of Constellation Generation Group, with more than 20 power plants in 12 states from Hawaii to Florida, with technologies that included power sourced by geothermal, solar, coal, nuclear, biomass, hydro, and more; his team constructed, operated, bought, and sold such plants.
Prior to joining Constellation Energy Group, Wallace was managing director of Barrington Energy Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in energy industry transactions and advisory services. He co-founded the firm in 1998 and has advised energy company executives on mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, and market and investment opportunities.
In recent years he held positions as chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Security Working Group (overseeing security for all 104 U.S. nuclear power plants), chairman of the Nuclear Sector Coordinating Council under the Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan. He also served as chairman of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security (PCIS), member of NEI’s New Plant Oversight Steering Committee, director of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL), chairman of UniStar Nuclear Energy, and chairman of CENG (a partnership with EdF for the operation of 5 nuclear power plants).
Wallace has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Marquette University and MBA from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in finance. He also served as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine force.
Paul J. Zecchi
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Central Resources, Inc.
With several senior leadership roles behind him, Paul J. Zecchi founded Central Resources, Inc. in 1988. He is the majority shareholder and presides over executive and corporate direction. He is responsible for a number of highly successful acquisitions and divestitures and led and implemented the company’s international diversification investment plan in 1997.
Prior to founding Central, Zecchi started Midland Resources in 1983, then sold the firm in 1988. He held several executive, managerial, and engineering positions with Schlumberger (Johnston Division) and Tenneco, Inc. (Tennessee Gas Division), among others. He is the former president of the Western Energy Alliance and is a member, or former member, of many other industry organizations. He currently serves, and has previously served, on the boards of directors of several corporate and nonprofit firms. Zecchi is involved with a variety of philanthropic and cultural pursuits including his foundation, The Petunia Fund, which supports education projects in third-world countries. In 2014, Zecchi was inducted into the Western Energy Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame.
Zecchi graduated from Marietta College in Ohio with a B.S. in petroleum engineering in 1970 and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with an M.S. in management science in 1979. In February 2012, Zecchi was awarded an honorary juris doctorate from Marietta College.